Catholicism and American Freedom: A History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - History - 431 pages
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Two centuries of struggles and sympathies between one religion and democracy in America. FOR TWO CENTURIES, Catholicism has played a profound and largely unexamined role in America's political and intellectual life. Emphasizing the community over the individual, Catholics have alternately challenged and supported American liberals on a variety of controversial issues, including slavery, public education, economic reform, the movies, contraception, the nuclear arms race, and abortion. The story of Catholicism is also international, as Catholics and non-Catholics reacted to people, ideas, and events abroad, from the 1848 revolutions to the rise of European fascism in the 1930s and the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. Putting the current sexual-abuse scandal in the Church and the media's response in a much larger context, this stimulating history of both Catholicism and anti-Catholicism is a model of nuanced scholarship and provocative reading.
 

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CATHOLICISM AND AMERICAN FREEDOM: A History from Slavery to Today

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Competent survey of historical and current dilemmas faced by Catholics in America.McGreevy (History/Notre Dame; Parish Boundaries, 1996) begins with Boston's Eliot School Rebellion, which in 1859 ... Read full review

Catholicism and American freedom: a history

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In a sweeping survey exploring 200 years of influences between the culture and beliefs of Catholicism and American democracy, McGreevy (history, Univ. of Notre Dame) fills a gap by tracking the ... Read full review

Contents

THE ELIOT SCHOOL REBELLION BOSTON 1859
7
EDUCATION AND THE NINETEENTHCENTURY CATHOLIC REVIVAL
19
CATHOLICISM SLAVERY AND THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY
43
CATHOLIC FREEDOM AND CIVIL WAR
68
THE NATION
91
THE SOCIAL QUESTION
127
AMERICAN FREEDOM AND CATHOLIC POWER
166
DEMOCRACY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE NOUVELLE THEOLOGIE
189
LIFE I
216
LIFE II
250
A CONSISTENT ETHIC AND SEXUAL ABUSE
282
Notes
297
Photo Credits
407
Acknowledgments
408
Index
411
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