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Book Title: The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921|
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The author of the book: Adam D. Shprintzen
Edition: University of North Carolina Press
Date of issue: October 7th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781469608914
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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 Adam D. Shprintzen in his lively history of early American vegetarianism and social reform. From Bible Christians to Grahamites, the American Vegetarian Society to the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Shprintzen explores the diverse proponents of reform-motivated vegetarianism and explains how each of these groups used diet as a response to changing social and political conditions.
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.
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Read information about the authorAdam D. Shprintzen received his PhD in History with distinction from Loyola University Chicago in May 2011, where his studies focused on nineteenth century America. Adam's first book, entitled The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921 will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2013. Currently, Adam currently serves as Digital and Archival Historian (see, Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington) at Mount Vernon, where he manages digital history projects as well as the institution's archival holdings.
Adam received his BA (with honors) from Manhattanville College in 1999, his MA in History at Hunter College, CUNY in 2005, and his PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 2011. Adam has presented his research findings on vegetarian history to a variety of academic conferences, has two articles published on the subject and has spoken to various vegetarian groups and societies on the identity's history. In addition to spending his time scouring archives to find old vegetarian cookbooks, Adam is a nearly obsessive baseball fan, enjoys listening to a wide range of music and spending time in the kitchen experimenting with a variety of vegetarian recipes. Most importantly, Adam lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, daughter and two cats, all of whom put up with his long descriptions of long gone vegetarians, wheat bread and boarding houses.