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Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America (Religion in American Life) Paperback – November 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195333305 ISBN-10: 0195333306 Edition: Revised

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"An outstandingly accessible and up-to-date brief history of American Catholicism...ideally suited for classroom use, study groups, or the general reader." -- American Catholic Studies"The chapters cover very salient events and historical figures, giving students enough of a sense of 'who' and 'what' to question and analyze related primary sources." -- Professor Cecilia Moore, University of Dayton

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James T. Fisher is Professor of Theology and Co-Director at The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University.
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  • Series: Religion in American Life
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195333306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195333305
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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James T. Fisher is professor of history and theological studies at Saint Louis University; he has also written books such as Catholics in America, On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York, Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-62, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 2002 book, "The Catholic church grew enormously as a result of the mass immigration of European peoples to America between the 1840s and early 1920s... America is a nation of immigrants and the story of Catholics in America is largely the story of an immigrant church. The influx of an extraordinarily diverse population of newcomers since the 1960s has reinvigorated the church. The devotion of these immigrants and their families has shown once again that the Catholic experience is an integral force in the life of the nation."

He notes, "Puritans were zealous Protestants determined to eliminate all remnants of 'popery' or Catholic practice, in England as well as in her colonies... In 1654... Puritan zealots repealed the Act of Religious Toleration and ushered in an era of intolerance toward Catholics that would persist until the American Revolution." (Pg. 18) He adds, "In the early years of the nation, the great majority of American Catholics, like most of their fellow citizens, were more concerned with pursuing opportunities for themselves and their families than with issues of church governance.." (Pg.
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