Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago, 1914-1954 - Historical Studies of Urban America (Hardback)Timothy B. Neary (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
"Neary's Crossing Parish Boundaries tells an unexpected story. Previous historians have depicted the high walls of segregation dividing white ethnic neighborhoods from Chicago's African American ghettos. Yet in the middle decades of the twentieth century, Chicago's Catholic Youth Organization promoted interracial sports. In an era otherwise characterized by deep ethnic tensions, even violence, especially between the children of immigrants and the new black migrants to the city, Neary shows us how local Catholic leaders and parishioners deliberately and successfully resisted the bigotry of their times. Crossing Parish Boundaries is a fine book, merging urban history, social history, and sports history in an elegant and insightful narrative."--Elliot Gorn, Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History, Loyola University Chicago
"Crossing Parish Boundaries comes at a time when violence and racial tension again plague the city of Chicago. Neary's work is part biography of the extraordinary Bishop Bernard Sheil, part urban study, part religious survey, and part racial history, all combined into a fluid and fascinating text that is as readable as it is informative."--National Catholic Reporter
"Complicates the narrative of Catholics, race, and housing. . .Neary makes the [John McGreevy] narrative more complex by showing how hundreds of thousands of white and black Catholics were exposed to the CYO's message of interracial justice in the generation before the modern civil rights movement. . .Neary's book is a welcome addition for those interested in race, religion, urban history, and sports, and Neary illuminates the intersections between the questions animating these fields with precision. His depiction of black Catholicism is significant, and he restores Sheil, a household name in Chicago and nationally from the 1930s to 1950s, to our memory."
--Journal of Illinois History
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