Sacramento and the Catholic Church: Shaping a Capital City

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"Sacramento and the Catholic Church examines the interplay between the city of Sacramento and the Catholic Church since the 1850, illustrating the sometimes hidden ways religious communities help to form and sustain urban communities. Avella uses Sacramento as a case study of the role of religious denominations in the development of the American West. In Sacramento, as in oilier western urban areas, churches relics brought civility and various cultural amenities, and they helped to create an atmosphere of stability so important to creating a
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Overview

"Sacramento and the Catholic Church examines the interplay between the city of Sacramento and the Catholic Church since the 1850, illustrating the sometimes hidden ways religious communities help to form and sustain urban communities. Avella uses Sacramento as a case study of the role of religious denominations in the development of the American West. In Sacramento, as in oilier western urban areas, churches relics brought civility and various cultural amenities, and they helped to create an atmosphere of stability so important to creating a viable urban community. At the same lime, churches often had to shape themselves to the secularizing tendencies of; western cities while trying to remain faithful to their core values and practices." Steven M. Avella's close study of secular and church archives, newspapers, and oilier sources reveals that churches and their congregations played a significant role in determining both the physical shape of Sacramento and the lone and quality of life there. Sacramento and the Catholic Church is a major contribution to our understanding of the development of western cities and the role of religion and religious institutions in that development.
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“In this gracefully written, pioneering work in western urban/religious history, Steven M. Avella interweaves the parallel stories of the Roman Catholic Church and the city of Sacramento. Avella’s approach is genuinely pathbreaking, and I suspect that it would serve as a model for similar accounts of other western cities.”
—Ferenc M. Szasz, author of Religion in the West

“In this heroically researched, vividly written study Steven Avella makes an important contribution to the history of California, the Far West, and American Urbanism.”
—Kevin Starr, Professor of History at the University of Southern California, author of Americans and the California Dream series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874177602
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: The Urban West Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Avella was born in Chicago in 1951 and moved to California in 1953. He grew up in Sacramento. He graduated from Dominican College in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1973 and received his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. He is currently on the faculty of Marquette University, Milwaukee, where he teaches courses on Religion and American Life and the American West.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1

1 A Cooperative Community, 1850-1886 13

2 Cathedral Building As Urban Project, 1865-1889 43

3 Religious Sisters As Urban Agents, 1850-1920 71

4 Catholics and the Ethnic Consensus, 1880-1930 100

5 Building the City Beautiful, 1890-1930 133

6 Catholic Social Provision: The Depression and World War II, 1930-1945 160

7 Carving a Space and Creating Community: The Catholic Church and the North Area, 1940-1970 187

8 Building a Visible Latino Presence in the City, 1930-1970 215

9 Homelessness and Fighting the City Consensus, 1970-2000 247

Conclusion 275

Notes 281

Bibliography 333

Index 355

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