Karen and Michael Iacobbo’s book Vegetarian America: A History (Barnes & Noble, Amazon) is must reading for every vegan activist. It is important to understand that we stand on the shoulders of generations of advocates who came before us. It will introduce you to the work of people largely forgotten, like Ernest Crosby, whose ideas deserve to be studied today.
Vegans might be turned off by the use of the term Vegetarian, but that was the word used by our predecessor, and the book does cover the origins of the modern vegan movement.
The book reminds us that the struggle for a world without cruelty will not be won in a single generation, but progress can be made and the goal is worth the effort.