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The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921

Adam D. Shprintzen


Vegetarianism has been practiced in the United States since the country's founding, yet the early years of the movement have been woefully misunderstood and understudied. Through the Civil War, the vegetarian movement focused on social and political reform, but by the late nineteenth century, the movement became a path for personal strength and success in a newly individualistic, consumption-driven economy. This development led to greater expansion and acceptance of vegetarianism in mainstream society. So argues this lively history of early American vegetarianism and social reform. From Bible ... More

Keywords: Vegetarianism, Civil War, vegetarian movement, political reform, social reform, Bible Christians, Grahamites, American Vegetarian Society, Battle Creek Sanitarium, diet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469608914
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469608921_Shprintzen


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam D. Shprintzen, author