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UT Humanities Center's Conversations and Cocktails: "Breaking Boundaries" with Ernest Freeberg
Ernest Freeberg, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Tennessee Knoxville

"Making Humans More Humane: Henry Bergh and the Birth of Animal Rights in 19th-Century America"

Professor Freeberg discusses his new book, A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement. The book tells the story of a remarkable man who helped to shape our modern relationship with animals. 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. When Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA in 1866, he launched a campaign to grant rights to animals that was applauded by many, and ridiculed by many more. Bergh fought with robber barons, Five Points gangs, and legendary impresario P.T. Barnum, as he came to the defense of trolley horses, livestock, stray dogs, and other animals.

Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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