New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era / Edition 1

New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era / Edition 1

by Kathleen Sprows Cummings
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807871524

ISBN-13: 9780807871522

Pub. Date: 08/30/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

American Catholic women rarely surface as protagonists in histories of the United States. Offering a new perspective, Kathleen Sprows Cummings places Catholic women at the forefront of two defining developments of the Progressive Era: the emergence of the "New Woman" and Catholics' struggle to define their place in American culture. Cummings highlights four

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American Catholic women rarely surface as protagonists in histories of the United States. Offering a new perspective, Kathleen Sprows Cummings places Catholic women at the forefront of two defining developments of the Progressive Era: the emergence of the "New Woman" and Catholics' struggle to define their place in American culture. Cummings highlights four women: Chicago-based journalist Margaret Buchanan Sullivan; Sister Julia McGroarty, SND, founder of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., one of the first Catholic women's colleges; Philadelphia educator Sister Assisium McEvoy, SSJ; and Katherine Eleanor Conway, a Boston editor, public figure, and antisuffragist. Cummings uses each woman's story to explore how debates over Catholic identity were intertwined with the renegotiation of American gender roles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871522
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/30/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Chiefly among Women: The Old Faith, the New Woman, and the Creation of a Usable Past 17

2 Enlarging Our Lives: Higher Education, Americanism, and Trinity College for Catholic Women 59

3 The Wageless Work of Paradise: Catholic Sisters, Professionalization, and the School Question 101

4 The Morbid Consciousness of Womanhood: Catholicism, Antisuffrage, and the Limits of Sisterhood 157

Notes 197

Bibliography 239

Index 263

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