Conclusion: From Cruelty to Child Welfare

in The Rights of the Defenseless

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226652016
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226652023 | DOI:
Conclusion: From Cruelty to Child Welfare

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of child protection in the U.S. during the Gilded Age. It discusses the evolution of anticruelty efforts from animal and child protection to child welfare. It describes the organizations formed as a challenge to the principles of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Horse Aid Society and the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC). This chapter also discusses contemporary research indicating a link between violence toward animals and domestic abuse.

Keywords: child protection; U.S.; Gilded Age; anticruelty; animal protection; child welfare; ASPCA; Horse Aid Society; National Child Labor Committee; domestic abuse

Chapter.  7027 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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