Cover image for Catholics in America : Religious identity and cultural assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O'Connor
Title:
Catholics in America : Religious identity and cultural assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O'Connor
Author:
Shaw, Russell, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, 2016.
Physical Description:
141 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
"This book is a collection of popularly written profiles of some of the leading figures in American Catholic history. The group includes 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. But this book is more than a historical survey of prominent personalities.Catholics in America explores the ongoing, often controversial, effort of Catholics to work out their identity in a secular, and sometimes hostile, society. Taken together, the chapters pose a fundamental challenge to the conventional wisdom of Catholic Americanist historiography, which takes cultural assimilation for granted. The oldest question in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States may be this: "Is it possible to be a good Catholic and a good American?" This book documents the variety of answers that have been given to date and demonstrates that the question is timelier now than ever before."--provided by publisher.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781621641438
Format :
Book