Roman Catholicism in the United States: A Thematic History - Catholic Practice in North America (Paperback)Margaret M. McGuinness (editor), James T. Fisher (editor), Jeffrey M. Burns (author of contributions), Roy Domenico (author of contributions), Una Cadegan (author of contributions), Christopher S. Shannon (author of contributions), James McCartin (author of contributions), Chester Gillis (author of contributions), Patrick Allitt (author of contributions), Timothy Matovina (author of contributions)
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Roman Catholicism in the United States: A Thematic History takes the reader beyond the traditional ways scholars have viewed and recounted the story of the Catholic Church in America. The collection covers unfamiliar topics such as anti-Catholicism, rural Catholicism, Latino Catholics, and issues related to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the U.S. government. The book continues with fascinating discussions on popular culture (film and literature), women religious, and the work of U.S. missionaries in other countries. The final section of the books is devoted to Catholic social teaching, tackling challenging and sometimes controversial subjects such as the relationship between African American Catholics and the Communist Party, Catholics in the civil rights movement, the abortion debate, issues of war and peace, and Vatican II and the American Catholic Church.
Roman Catholicism in the United States examines the history of U.S. Catholicism from a variety of perspectives that transcend the familiar account of the immigrant, urban parish, which served as the focus for so many American Catholics during the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 348
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
This book is a cornucopia of outstanding critical essays from an all-star team of scholars. Collectively, the anthology offers a comprehensive treatment of Catholic history in the US, refracted through creative historical lenses that expand our notions of what it means to be "Catholic," but also how the story of US Catholicism should be told. Each essay is a bonafide stand-alone, but collectively they weave a complex and compelling narrative of the varieties of experience within Catholicism in this land. This volume pushes back against the prevailing monochromatic linear-upward-mobility narrative of American Catholics (from the Irish Potato Famine to JFK), but in a constructive way that draws the reader into the granular level of on-the-ground Catholic life. The chapters telescope deftly between the macro-level national and geopolitical to the hyperlocal grassroots, painting a dynamic picture of how Roman Catholic social traditions seeded and grew throughout the United States. Roman Catholicism in the United States: A Thematic History has the rare virtue of being invaluable to both seasoned scholars and new arrivals to the discipline. It's a great read. -- Jack Lee Downey * The Bread of the Strong: Lacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985 *
Featuring a variety of contributors, from professors to priests, the volume comprises essays on Latino Catholics in the Southwest, Catholics in American popular film, American Catholic social thought, and Catholic reactions to communism- to name just a few of the volume's topics... all of the essays are informative and written in a style suitable to both novices and scholars of American Catholic history. * Choice *