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The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America

Janet M. Davis


This book investigates the historical significance of the American animal welfare movement at home and overseas from the Second Great Awakening to the Second World War, a time span encompassing the nation’s shift from muscle power to motorization. Dedicated primarily to laboring animals at its inception, the humane movement grew to include virtually all areas of human/animal interaction. Embracing animals as brethren through biblical concepts of stewardship, humane activists worked with temperance groups, educators, missionaries, religious leaders, civil rights activists, policy makers, and an ... More

Keywords: animal welfare movement, humane movement, moral reform, cockfighting, bullfighting, American humanitarianism, biblical stewardship, transnational animal advocacy, animal kindness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733156
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet M. Davis, author
Associate Professor of American Studies, History, and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin