288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2652-9
Published: August 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0892-1
Published: October 2013
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Awards & distinctions
A 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
By examining the advocates of vegetarianism, including institutions, organizations, activists, and publications, Shprintzen explores how an idea grew into a nationwide community united not only by diet but also by broader goals of social reform.
About the Author
Adam D. Shprintzen is an assistant professor of history at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
For more information about Adam D. Shprintzen, visit the Author Page.
"This unique, readable history of the vegetarian movement in America reveals its deep roots . . . [and] will make fascinating reading for proponents of a healthy lifestyle and students of Americana alike."--ForeWord Reviews
"This well-researched and accessible work is recommended for readers of U.S. social history and for vegetarians interested in knowing that the roots of their movement go deeper than the publication of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation and the founding of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Fans of culinary history books . . . will also find much to love here."--Library Journal
“Shprintzen’s original and probing book offers many ideas for researchers and writers to explore.”--History News Network
“History comes back to life in [The Vegetarian Crusade].”--Chicago Reader
“An excellent overview of the US vegetarian movement. . . [with] lucid, lively prose . . . . Highly recommended. All academic, general, and professional food history collections.”--Choice
“In this lively study Adam D. Shprintzen sidesteps the anecdotal and partisan viewpoints of the popular literature on vegetarian eating to write a focused history of the vegetarian movement in the United States between 1817 and 1921. . . . The Vegetarian Crusade brings to life a riveting collection of notable figures in the meatless subculture.”--Journal of American History
Multimedia & Links
Visit the author's website at www.vegetarianhistory.com.
Follow the author on Twitter @VegHistory.
Listen: Shprintzen talks to Liz Covart for the Ben Franklin's World podcast. (8/25/2015, running time 48:09)
Read: In a guest blog post, Shprintzen shows that current NFL athletes sticking to vegan diets are part of a long history of vegetarianism in athletics. Read
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