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How pit bulls became so demonized




A young Pit Bull chews on a plastic bone. How have  your opinions about the breed changed over the years?
A young Pit Bull chews on a plastic bone. How have your opinions about the breed changed over the years?
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Pit bulls are perhaps the most controversial breed of dog in our nation.

Those who don’t fully understand the breed refuse to adopt the dogs; those who love the breed agree that the dogs have been demonized. But where does this demonization and misunderstanding have its roots?

"Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon"
Knopf

In her book, “Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Breed,” author Bronwen Dickey traces the history of the stereotype of the breed, from early nineteenth century New York, to Hollywood’s movie sets of the early twentieth century, to the battlefields and beyond. 

Dickey illustrates a change over time she has observed in America’s relationship with man’s best friend. Dickey joins AirTalk to tell more about her findings. 

You can catch Bronwen Dickey at Vroman’s in Pasadena on Friday June 10  at 7 p.m. Click here for more information about the event.

Guest:

Bronwen Dickey, essayist and journalist, author of “Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon” (Knopf, 2016)



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