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Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America

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Overview


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.
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"An outstandingly accessible and up-to-date brief history of American Catholicism...ideally suited for classroom use, study groups, or the general reader." -- American Catholic Studies

"The chapters cover very salient events and historical figures, giving students enough of a sense of 'who' and 'what' to question and analyze related primary sources." -- Professor Cecilia Moore, University of Dayton

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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: 586,814
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Fisher is the Danforth Chair in Humanities and Professor in Theological Studies and History at Saint Louis University. His previous books include The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962 and Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961.

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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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