The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 287 pages

A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Robert A. Orsi's classic study of popular religion in Italian Harlem. In a new preface, Orsi discusses significant shifts in the field of religious history and calls for new ways of empirically studying divine presences in human life.

"The Madonna of 115th Street has over the last quarter century become a classic of American religious history. There are few books that I have enjoyed teaching more over the years and even fewer that have taught me as much about American Catholic history."—Leigh E. Schmidt, author of Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment

 

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Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition
ix
Introduction to the Second Edition
xxvii
Popular Religion and Italian Harlem
lvii
1 The Days and Nights of the Festa
1
2 Italian Harlem
14
3 The Origins of the Devotion to Mount Carmel in Italian Harlem
50
4 The DomusCentered Society
75
5 Conflicts in the Domus
107
6 Toward an Inner History of Immigration
150
7 The Meanings of the Devotion to the Madonna of 115th Street
163
8 The Theology of the Streets
219
A Note on Abbreviations
233
Notes
235
Selected Bibliography
271
Index
283
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Robert A. Orsi, Warren Professor of American Religious History at Harvard University, is the author of Thank You, St. Jude, also available in paperback from Yale University Press.

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