Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1999 - Social Science - 327 pages
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Made doubly marginal by their gender and by their religion, American nuns have rarely been granted serious scholarly attention. Instead, their lives and achievements have been obscured by myths or distorted by stereotypes. Placing nuns into the mainstream
 

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Contents

The French Connection Founders Origins and Early Activities
13
Creating an American Identity Survival and Expansion in the American Milieu
41
Educating the Good Sister Gender and Religious Identity
67
Expanding American Catholic Culture The TransMississippi West
97
Promulgating the Faith Parochial Schools and American Catholic Identitv
129
Educating for Catholic Womanhood Secondary Academies and Womens Colleges
159
Succoring the Needy Nursing Hospirals and Social Services
189
Epilogue
221
Notes
227
Selected Bihliography
303
Index
313
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About the author (1999)

Carol K. Coburn is professor of religion and history at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Martha Smith is professor emerita of history at Avila University.

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