Jon Butler, Yale University
"This book expands our understanding the motives of both Catholics and those Protestants who were hostile to Catholics. It demonstrates that the mid-nineteenth-century quarrel over Catholicism's place in the constitutional and cultural order of the United States deeply influenced the theory and practice of nationhood well into the twentieth century."
David A. Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley
"A shrewd, thoughtful examination of how religious diversity - notably Catholic immigration to the United States in the nineteenth century - prompted fundamental, often still unresolved questions about the character of religious freedom and American nationalism."
John T. McGreevy, I. A. O'Shaughnessy Dean, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame
"… the capstone of the remarkable career of a gifted historian."
Robert Emmett Curran, The Journal of American History
"… a nuanced examination of how Catholic and Protestant leaders' disagreements over a range of issues shaped antebellum society and how the lack of victory by either side shaped national identity long afterward."
John Dichtl, Indiana Magazine of History
"… a thoughtful reconsideration of the mutually constitutive relationship between Christian and national identities in the antebellum United States."
Elizabeth Fenton, American Catholic Studies
"Gjerde's final book stands as a fine achievement that enhances our understanding of a critical juncture in the history of American pluralism and religious freedom."
Timothy D. Grundmeier, Journal of Church and State