Communion of Immigrants A History of Catholics in America

ISBN-10: 0195333306

ISBN-13: 9780195333305

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

Authors: James T. Fisher

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Catholicism has grown from a suppressed and persecuted outsiders' religion in the American colonies to become the nation's single largest denomination. James Fisher surveys more than four centuries of Catholics' involvement in American history, starting his narrative with one of the first Spanish expeditions to Florida, in 1528. He follows the transformation of Catholicism into one of America's most culturally and ethnically diverse religions, including the English Catholics' early settlement in Maryland, the Spanish missions to the Native Americans, the Irish and German poor who came in search of work and farmland, the proliferation of Polish and Italian communities, and the growing influx of Catholics from Latin America. The book discusses Catholic involvement in politics and conflict, from New York's Tammany Hall to the Vietnam War and abortion. Fisher highlights the critical role of women in American Catholicism--from St. Elizabeth Seton and Dorothy Day to Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized a saint--and describes the influence of prominent American Catholics such as Cardinal John J. O'Connor, 1930s radio personality Father Charles Coughlin, President John F. Kennedy, pacifists Daniel and Philip Berrigan, activist Cesar Chavez, and author Flannery O'Connor. The author will make significant updates to cover the scandal over sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic church.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

James T. Fisher is Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

Preface
Catholics in the New World
Building an American Catholic Community
The Rise of the Immigrant Church
Catholic and American
Reformers and Crusaders
The Uneasy Triumph of Catholic America
The People of God Divided?
Chronology
Further Reading
Index
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