Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America

Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America

by William B. Kurtz

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Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America by William B. Kurtz

Anti-Catholicism has had a long presence in American history. The Civil War in 1861 gave Catholic Americans a chance to prove their patriotism once and for all. Exploring how Catholics sought to use their participation in the war to counteract religious and political nativism in the United States, Excommunicated from the Union reveals that while the war was an alienating experience for many of 200,000 Catholics who served, they still strove to construct a positive memory of their experiences in order to show that their religion was no barrier to their being loyal American citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823268863
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: The North's Civil War
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William Kurtz is an Assistant Editor at Documents Compass, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He has published several articles and a book chapter on Catholics in the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter One: The Mexican War and Nativism
Chapter Two: Catholics Rally to the Flag
Chapter Three: Catholic Soldiers in the Union Army
Chapter Four: Priests and Nuns in the Army
Chapter Five: Slavery Divides the Church
Chapter Six: Catholics' Opposition to the War
Chapter Seven: Post-war Anti-Catholicism
Chapter Eight: Catholics Remember the Civil War
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography

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