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"A new Catholic history and an old urban history come together beautifully in Mary Wingerd's scintillating study of St. Paul, Minnesota. This richly textured book is a capital addition to our knowledge of locality and culture, of place and politics, of the secular intertwined with the religious. Claiming the City is required reading for students of modern America."--Richard Fox, University of Southern California
" All politics, it has been said , is local. Well, so is all history, and in this brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed book Mary Wingerd has given that important truth the attention it deserves. St. Paul, in Wingerd's words, 'delivered the goods' (both material and non), and St. Paulites negotiated their worlds on the basis of the civic identity their city gave them. There is a lesson in that that no historian of American labor or American cities can ignore."--David M. Emmons, University of Montana