The vegetarian movement in the United States began in Philadelphia (one block from the American Vegan Center) in 1817. Lecturing on the topic in Philly, Sylvester Graham helped spread the word nationwide. Other Philadelphia-based pioneers such as Benjamin Lay, Anthony Benezet, the Grimke sisters, Bronson Alcott and Caroline Earle White carried the torch forward through the 19th century. And in 1957 Jay Dinshah vowed to go vegan on the streets of Philadelphia, leading to his founding of the first national vegan organization in the US, the American Vegan Society.
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