In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and beast alike. The industrial city brought suffering, but it also inspired a compassion for animals that fueled a controversial anti-cruelty movement. From the center of these debates, Henry Bergh launched a shocking campaign to grant rights to animals.
A Traitor to His Species is revelatory social history, awash with colorful characters. Cheered on by thousands of men and women who joined his cause, Bergh fought with robber barons, Five Points gangs, and legendary impresario P.T. Barnum, as they pushed for new laws to protect trolley horses, livestock, stray dogs, and other animals.
Raucous and entertaining, A Traitor to His Species tells the story of a remarkable man who gave voice to the voiceless and shaped our modern relationship with animals.
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Table of Contents
Introduction A New Form of Goodness 1
Chapter 1 Something Bold and Outrageous 7
Chapter 2 The Riddle of the Nineteenth Century 21
Chapter 3 A Radical Gospel of Kindness 31
Chapter 4 Horse Trolley 47
Chapter 5 Barnum and Bergh 63
Chapter 6 Beneath the Struggling Beasts: Henry Bergh and Kit Burns 75
Chapter 7 America's First Energy Crisis 91
Chapter 8 The Movement Grows 115
Chapter 9 Market Murder 121
Chapter 10 Civilized Slaughter 141
Chapter 11 Genteel Ruffians 161
Chapter 12 The War on Dogs 181
Chapter 13 Bergh's Perverted Philanthropy Challenged 213
Chapter 14 What About Cruelty to Humans? 227
Chapter 15 Animals as Spectacle 245
Chapter 16 Legacy 263