Vegetarian America: A History

Vegetarian America: A History

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by Karen Iacobbo, Michael Iacobbo, Michael Iacobbo
     
 

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The first complete history of vegetarianism in the United States, this story reveals the people, the organizations, and the events from the late 1700s to the present. Despite generally held notions that today's vegetarianism sprang from 1960s counterculture and that prior to that its only advocates were fanatics and fringe groups, the authors explore strong

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The first complete history of vegetarianism in the United States, this story reveals the people, the organizations, and the events from the late 1700s to the present. Despite generally held notions that today's vegetarianism sprang from 1960s counterculture and that prior to that its only advocates were fanatics and fringe groups, the authors explore strong movements in other historical eras, the proponents of which included esteemed physicians, socialites, and other notable members of the establishment. Until now, no one has chronicled the contributions that advocates of vegetarianism have made to the American way of life in areas such as general eating habits, preventative medicine, feminism, environmental awareness, and elsewhere.

From Johnny Appleseed and the Bible-Christians to John Harvey Kellogg and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the story features dedicated and colorful characters who persevered, undaunted by the many obstacles that they faced, to convince their fellow Americans of the benefits of vegetarianism. From a religious movement, to an ethical concern about the rights of animals, to many recent nutritional discoveries, vegetarianism is a movement that continues to evolve and grow.

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Many people think that vegetarianism in the United States is a phenomenon of the 1960s back-to-the-earth movement, but various individuals and groups throughout our history have practiced vegetarianism for health, spiritual (mainly Christian), environmental, and economic reasons. The journalist-authors chronicle movements of voluntary vegetarianism from the early 18th century through today. Drawing on materials from an impressive array of research libraries and historical societies, they place the story of vegetarianism in relevant historical context, thoroughly treating Sylvester Graham, William Metcalfe, and William Alcott-considered the fathers of American vegetarianism-as well as the Bible Christian Church, Seventh Day Adventists, and the American Vegetarian Society. With little else available on the subject, this extremely well-researched book is a worthwhile purchase for both large public and academic libraries.-Marija Sanderling, Lane Memorial Lib., Hampton, NH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275975197
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

KAREN IACOBBO is a journalist and researcher. She is also Adjunct Professor, Freshman Studies at Johnson and Wales University and Special Lecturer at Providence College.

MICHAEL IACOBBO is a journalist who has worked for the Associated Press, the Providence Phoenix, and other publications.

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