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From colonial missions to the Iraq war, Patrick W. Carey details the rich and varied involvement Roman Catholics have had in American political, cultural, and family life. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the paperback edition of Catholics in America: A History includes a new chapter covering the election of Pope Benedict XVI, ongoing investigation of abuse scandals, and increasing tension between traditional Catholic values and the beliefs of modern lay people. Brief biographical sketches of important Church figures and a chronology of key events make this an accessible and invaluable resource for anyone seeking insight into the history and current status of the Catholic Church in America.
Chapter 1 Colonial Catholicism: 1492-1840 Chapter 2 A Free Church in a Free State: 1776-1815 Chapter 3 Internal Conflicts, Nativism, and Immigrant Catholicism: 1815-1866 Chapter 4 Reconstruction and Expansion: 1866-1884 Chapter 5 Americanism: 1884-1899 Chapter 6 Catholicism in the Progressive Era: 1900-1920 Chapter 7 The Roaring Twenties, the Depression, and World War II: 1920-1945 Chapter 8 Catholicism in the Cold War: 1945-1965 Chapter 9 Post-Vatican II Catholicism: 1965-1990 Chapter 10 Troubled Times: 1990-2003 Chapter 11 From John Paul II to Benedict XVI: 2003-2007