American Catholic Lay Groups and Transatlantic Social Reform in the Progressive Era / Edition 1

American Catholic Lay Groups and Transatlantic Social Reform in the Progressive Era / Edition 1

by Deirdre M. Moloney
     
 

ISBN-10: 080782660X

ISBN-13: 9780807826607

Pub. Date: 03/18/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Tracing the development of social reform movements among American Catholics from 1880 to 1925, Deirdre Moloney reveals how Catholic gender ideologies, emerging middle-class values, and ethnic identities shaped the goals and activities of lay activists.

Rather than simply appropriate American reform models, ethnic Catholics (particularly Irish and German

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Tracing the development of social reform movements among American Catholics from 1880 to 1925, Deirdre Moloney reveals how Catholic gender ideologies, emerging middle-class values, and ethnic identities shaped the goals and activities of lay activists.

Rather than simply appropriate American reform models, ethnic Catholics (particularly Irish and German Catholics) drew extensively on European traditions as they worked to establish settlement houses, promote temperance, and aid immigrants and the poor. Catholics also differed significantly from their Protestant counterparts in defining which reform efforts were appropriate for women. For example, while women played a major role in the Protestant temperance movement beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Catholic temperance remained primarily a male movement in America. Gradually, however, women began to carve out a significant role in Catholic charitable and reform efforts.

The first work to highlight the wide-ranging contributions of the Catholic laity to Progressive-era reform, the book shows how lay groups competed with Protestant reformers and at times even challenged members of the Catholic hierarchy. It also explores the tension that existed between the desire to demonstrate the compatibility of Catholicism with American values and the wish to preserve the distinctiveness of Catholic life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826607
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/18/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Celebrating an American Catholic Legacy13
2Combating "Whisky's Work": Masculinity, Ethnicity, and Catholic Temperance Reform43
3The Friendly Hand and the Helping Purse: Catholic Immigration and Rural Colonization Programs69
4Poverty and Proselytizers: Lay Catholic Charitable and Settlement Work117
5Promoting the Maternal over Material, Ideal over Idle: The Emergence of Catholic Women's Groups167
Conclusion205
Notes211
Bibliography243
Index259

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