VEGETARIANISM IN MAINE IN 1854

Avery Yale Kamila wrote:

“I’ve written
another column about Maine’s lost vegetarian history, which appears in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram, and I thought you
might be interested. In this column. I discuss ideas expressed in Maine’s first
pro-vegetarian publication, the Pleasure
Boat
, an alternative weekly newspaper which began publication in 1845 and
continued until 1862.

The Pleasure Boat was published by radical
reformer and missionary Jeremiah Hacker, who advocated in favor of many
reform efforts including abolition, women’s rights and temperance — all closely
tied to the era’s vegetarian movement. 

In the July
20, 1854 edition, for example, Hacker linked meat consumption to the oppression
of women, writing: “Just look at the slavery that perverted appetite imposes on
women! Three times a day, in hot weather, they must fire up the cookstove to
roast, boil or fry flesh, and prepare hot tea or coffee, to fire the blood! When
a brown loaf, and a pitcher of water from that cool fountain, with a handful of
plums or fruit of some kind, would furnish a cooling and more nourishing
repast.”

See article at:

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/02/14/a-19th-century-radical-newspaper-published-in-portland-espoused-vegetarianism/

Avery Yale Kamila, Vegan Kitchen columnist, Maine
Sunday Telegram

https://www.pressherald.com/food/vegan-kitchen/