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The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement

The Feather Trade

The 19th-century vogue for feathers as fashion adornments threatened many bird species with extinction, and socially prominent Bostonians began a campaign for tough new laws to preserve the nation's wildlife. Visit Web site