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WHAT DO BUFFALO BILL, JOHN F. KENNEDY, VINCE LOMBARDI, DOROTHY DAY, FULTON SHEEN, AND ANDY WARHOL HAVE IN COMMON?
They’re all Catholics who have shaped America. In this page-a-day history, 365 inspiring stories celebrate the historic contributions of American men and women shaped by their Catholic faith. From famous figures to lesser-known saints and sinners, The American Catholic Almanac tells the fascinating, funny, uplifting, and unlikely tales of Catholics’ influence on American history, culture, and politics. Spanning the scope of the Revolutionary War to Notre Dame football, this unique collection of stories highlights the transformative role of the Catholic Church in American public life over the last 400 years.
Did you know…
• The first immigrant to arrive in America via Ellis Island was a 15-year-old Irish Catholic girl?
• Al Capone’s tombstone reads “MY JESUS MERCY”?
• Andrew Jackson credited America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans to the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the Ursuline Sisters?
• Five Franciscans died in sixteenth-century Georgia defending the Church’s teachings on marriage?
• Jack Kerouac died wanting to be known as a Catholic and not only as a beat poet?
• Catholic missionaries lived in Virginia 36 years before the English settled Jamestown?
From the Hardcover edition.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
EMILY STIMPSON is a Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio, and the author of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years and These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body.
From the Hardcover edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is important to remember, just as in genealogy, you get the good with the bad, when you look at history. The authors followed suit with this book and they've included saints and sinners, heroes and villains equally. The bad makes our history just as much as the good, something the authors want to remind us of. But no matter their status, all were Catholic and that is the binding fact. This is a great resource for Catholic families, schools, and anyone curious about American history. Parents and teachers might consider, using the stories as a starting point for lessons on the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, or the great waves of migration that made the United States what it is. My only negative about the book was the lack of a more thorough index- especially for kids using the book as a resource, it's hard to look up time periods, locations, etc.
Some very interesting entries in the almanac,some not so much. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't an entry for John Paul II when he visited Chicago early in his Papacy. That could have been a 366th entry. I was most disappointed that there was no index provided. I would still recommend the book to those who want to learn more about Catholic personalities in America.
Although this is a Christmas gift for my son, I took a "sneak-peek" for myself. This book offers a wonderful look at the history of Catholicism in America. It is easy to read little bits at a time or to consume in a day or two. My son teaches Religion to middle-schoolers. He will obtain many facts to share with his students to show then how to live a Catholic life plus he will be able to tie in with what the Social Studies teacher is working on in American History.
Glad I purchased this book, very interesting learning about so many that we never hears about or even knew what they accomplished.