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By Russell Shaw

This publication is a set of popularly written profiles of a few of the top figures in American Catholic historical past. the gang contains Archbishop John Carroll, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Orestes Brownson, Cardinal James Gibbons, Al Smith, Dorothy Day, Cardinal Francis Spellman, President John F. Kennedy, and others.

Collectively, those contributors inform the tale of the construction and the shaping of the biggest non secular physique within the usa. yet this ebook is greater than a historic survey of renowned personalities. Catholics in America explores the continuing, frequently debatable, attempt of Catholics to see their id in a mundane, and occasionally adverse, society.

Taken jointly, the chapters pose a primary problem to the traditional knowledge of Catholic Americanist historiography, which takes cultural assimilation with no consideration. The oldest query within the background of the Catholic Church within the usa might be this: "Is it attainable to be an exceptional Catholic and a superb American?" This e-book files the range of solutions which were given to this point and demonstrates that the query is timelier now than ever before.

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