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

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Religion - 287 pages
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In a masterful evocation of Italian Harlem and the men and women who lived there, Robert Orsi examines how the annual festa of the Madonna of 115th Street both influenced and reflected the lives of the celebrants. His prize-winning book offers a new perspective on lived religion, the place of religion in the everyday lives of men, women, and children, the experiences of immigration and community formation, and American Catholicism. This edition includes a new introduction by the author that outlines both the changes that Italian Harlem has undergone in recent years and significant shifts in the field of religious history.
 Reviews of the earlier edition:
 "A richly tapestried portrait-narrative. . . . Orsi is to be commended for a truly significant contribution to the annals of American social history."--Francesco Cordasco, USA Today

"Orsi has fashioned an impressive fusion of the inner histories of immigrant social and religious life."--John W. Briggs, American Historical Review

 

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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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