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The history of Black Catholics in the United States
Davis, Cyprian.
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Publication Information:
New York : Crossroad, 1990.
Physical Description:
xvii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1380 Lexile.
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``The story of the black Catholic community in the United States begins with the story of the Catholic church in Africa.'' With this historical overview, Davis, professor at Indiana's St. Meinrad School of Theology, begins his task--``to retrieve a mislaid memory'' of the black Catholic presence in the United States for the last 300 years. The issue of slavery--including the uneasy responses of America's first bishop, John Carroll, in the late 18th century, and the pro-slavery views of John Hughes, outspoken archbishop of New York during the Civil War--is positioned within the political and social fabric of those centuries. Yet, as shown in this masterfully concise history, the faith flourished among such black Catholics as Pierre Toussaint, the 19th-century New Yorker now proposed for sainthood. Studded with personal stories, this is a chronicle both sad and inspiring. Davis's groundbreaking research should pave the way for further exploration of the growing black Catholic community. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Religious Orders and Congregationsp. xvii
Chapter 1 African Rootsp. 1
Chapter 2 Catholic Settlers and Catholic Slaves: a Church in Chainsp. 28
Chapter 3 Christ's Image in Black: the Black Catholic Community Before the Civil Warp. 67
Chapter 4 Builders of Faith: Black Religious Women Before and After the Civil Warp. 98
Chapter 5 A Golden Opportunity for a Harvest of Souls: the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore, 1866p. 116
Chapter 6 Shepherds with Black Skins: the First African American Catholic Priestsp. 145
Chapter 7 """"A Humble Experiment . . . an Entering Wedge"""": the Emergence of the Black Catholic Laityp. 163
Chapter 8 Black and Catholic: a Testimony of Faithp. 195
Chapter 9 Coming of Age: Black Catholics in the Mid-Twentieth Centuryp. 238
Postscriptp. 260
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 339