Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America

Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America

by James T. Fisher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195333306

ISBN-13: 9780195333305

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Catholicism has grown from a suppressed and persecuted outsiders' religion in the American colonies to become the nation's single largest denomination. James Fisher surveys more than four centuries of Catholics' involvement in American history, starting his narrative with one of the first Spanish expeditions to Florida, in 1528. He follows the transformation of

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Catholicism has grown from a suppressed and persecuted outsiders' religion in the American colonies to become the nation's single largest denomination. James Fisher surveys more than four centuries of Catholics' involvement in American history, starting his narrative with one of the first Spanish expeditions to Florida, in 1528. He follows the transformation of Catholicism into one of America's most culturally and ethnically diverse religions, including the English Catholics' early settlement in Maryland, the Spanish missions to the Native Americans, the Irish and German poor who came in search of work and farmland, the proliferation of Polish and Italian communities, and the growing influx of Catholics from Latin America. The book discusses Catholic involvement in politics and conflict, from New York's Tammany Hall to the Vietnam War and abortion. Fisher highlights the critical role of women in American Catholicism—from St. Elizabeth Seton and Dorothy Day to Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized a saint—and describes the influence of prominent American Catholics such as Cardinal John J. O'Connor, 1930s radio personality Father Charles Coughlin, President John F. Kennedy, pacifists Daniel and Philip Berrigan, activist Cesar Chavez, and author Flannery O'Connor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195333305
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/31/2007
Series:
Religion in American Life Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
656,119
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Catholics in the New World     1
Building an American Catholic Community     24
The Rise of the Immigrant Church     43
Catholic and American     69
Reformers and Crusaders     93
The Uneasy Triumph of Catholic America     114
The People of God Divided?     137
Chronology     169
Further Reading     172
Index     177

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