By James M. Woods
“In a masterful survey of analysis on Catholicism within the South, Woods has performed for that area what James Hennesey did for the Catholic Church within the usa in American Catholics.”—Gerald P. Fogarty, collage of Virginia
“This is a booklet we've got lengthy wanted. over the past 4 many years the heritage of the evangelical culture within the South has been found and masses written approximately, however the Catholic size of southern non secular background has lagged in the back of within the historiography. ultimately here's a synthesis of virtually 3 centuries of the Catholic Church within the region.”—John B. Boles, Rice University
No Christian denomination has had an extended or extra diversified lifestyles within the American South than the Catholic Church. The Spanish missions verified in Florida and Texas promoted Catholicism. Catholicism used to be the dominant faith one of the French who settled in Louisiana. sooner than the inflow of Irish immigrants within the 1840s, so much American Catholics lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. Anti-Catholic prejudice used to be by no means as powerful within the South as within the North or Midwest and used to be infrequent within the zone ahead of the 20 th century.
James Woods’s sweeping background stretches from the 1st eu cost of the continent during the finish of the Spanish-American struggle. The e-book is split into 3 distinctive sections: the colonial period, the early Republic during the annexation of Texas in 1845, and the stormy latter half the 19th century. Woods will pay specific cognizance to church/state kinfolk, undertaking paintings and non secular orders, the church and slavery, immigration to the South, and the event of Catholicism in a principally Protestant area. He additionally highlights the contributions and careers of sure vital southern Catholics, either clerical and lay, and considers how the various Catholic ethnic and racial teams have expressed their faith—and their citizenship—through the centuries.