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American Freedom and Catholic Power Hardcover – November 16, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0313246203 ISBN-10: 0313246203 Edition: New edition

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  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; New edition edition (November 16, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313246203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313246203
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Woman on October 12, 2014
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Well written, good read, well referenced and indexed. Author points out that the Catholic hierarchy is not just a religious organization. It is a state, headed by the Pope in the .Vatican - a state that has subjects all over the world, and which demands loyalty to itself first - before loyalty to the nation where it's subjects reside. He calls it an undemocratic system of alien (Vatican) control. Catholicism repudiates the separation of church and state and brands religious freedom "one of the principal errors of our time."

The author distinguishes between the Catholic people and the Catholic hierarchy.and says that Catholic people in America love freedom and democracy.

He outlines the Catholic hierarchy's plan for America as follows: 1) increase the Catholic population through differential birth rate, conversion and immigration 2) attain public support for Catholic schools and eventually take over the public schools 3)control a large enough voting block - a closely knit political organization to control the government - not necessarily a majority but a pressure group with enough power to destroy any national leader who challenges it's program openly and specifically.

Kennedy read a later edition of this book before he wrote his famous speech on separation of church and state in 1960.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Chilton on May 16, 2014
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To this book's title is appended the date =November 16, 1984=. The appended date is a gross error. Paul Blanshard died 27 January 1980. I already own both the 1949 and 1958 editions. I first read the latter in the summer of 1958! On the possibility this was a posthumous or memorial edition, I ordered it. What I got was a September 1960 printing of the 1958 edition. In October 1960 this copy was left lying on the floor of a chicken coop. After scraping 53 years of guano off, it was mailed to me with no documents enclosed inside the package. Whoa! To believe I have submitted a Request for refund is likewise an error. I insist upon a refund. This is a 5-star book, and Beacon Press would do well to consider a 21st Century release.
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24 of 37 people found the following review helpful By William P. Cunningham on March 17, 2003
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If any twentieth century book deserves the monniker "Epoch-changing," Blanshard's 1949 certainly does. Although it is a classic of anti-Catholic bigotry, American Freedom is distinguished from other screeds by an extensive set of footnotes and better than average research.
Blanshard is a master of the political spin. It is clear that he is, like many WASPs, terrified by the expanding Catholic minorities in the U.S.
As Mike Jones has documented in John Cardinal Krol and the Cultural Revolution, the Blanshard book helped stimulate a coordinated effort to nip Catholic power. First, an effort began to break up the Catholic neighborhoods in the major Eastern cities, thus diluting their power base in the legislatures. Second, the foundations funded research into a "Catholic contraceptive," which became the birth-control pill.
The book tries to look objective, but after fifty years even the most strident anti-Catholic will admit that the language and presentation are offensive. It is ironic that a nation that ended WWII with such animosity toward anti-Semitism continues to promote anti-Catholicism.
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