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Christ And The Americas Paperback – March 1, 1997
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About the Author
Anne W. Carroll founded and currently directs Seton School in Manassas, Virginia. Since 1975, she has worked on developing and teaching an authentic Catholic curriculum for high school juniors and seniors. She holds an M.A. in English and also possesses a fondness for history. Mrs. Carroll is the author of Christ the King Lord of History and Christ and the Americas. She currently resides in Virginia with Dr. Warren H. Carroll, founder of Christendom College and noteworthy historian.
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One of the key principles of Catholic social thought is known as the principle of subsidiarity. This tenet argues that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.
Would that our legislative, executive, and judicial servants understood this important concept! Perhaps one day they will. Bravo once again to Mrs. Carroll!
She wrote in the Foreword to this 1997 book, "This history book is written in the light of Catholic truth. The Catholic knows that the most important event in history was the Incarnation/Redemption/Resurrection and the most important Person in history was Jesus Christ. History is moving in a straight line from the Creation to the Last Judgment... In this book, you will learn the Catholic roots of our country."
About the conquest of Cortes, she observes, "The devil gods had been dethroned, and in the sign of the Cross, the Spaniards had conquered." (Pg. 27) About Charles Carroll ("the only Catholic signer" of the Declaration of Independence), she records that he said, "There go a few millions (meaning that Carroll was putting his considerable fortune on the line for the sake of independence)." (Pg. 106)
She suggests that "the reason the Constitutional system could be perverted ... is that the Constitution allows matters of truth and morality to become open questions, not anchored to Divine law." (Pg. 129) She wrote about John Carroll ("the initial builder of the Catholic Church in the United States"), "(his) views on separation of Church and State are controversial...Read more ›
I truly enjoyed reading the chapters about "Catholics in the New Nation" and "No Irish Need Apply" because this information is hard to find, but the author's rants against liberalism (such as on page 106, where it really sounds like she'd rather have a monarchy than a democracy) and her uncritical enthusiasm for the actions of every Catholic who ever set foot on the continent before 1800 sometimes verge on the absurd. She says of one explorer that he made mistakes in spite of being Catholic!
She spends several chapters on the exploration and conquest of South America, Mexico, and Canada, but never describes the Native cultures of North America. She makes lots of unsupported assertions and never cites the sources of her information.
"Charles Carroll of Carrollton" and "Thomas Jefferson of Monticello" each get a titled section of Chapter 7, and Bishop John Carroll (the first US bishop and the founder of Georgetown University) gets half of a chapter, leading me to muse that a alternate title for the book might be "Members of My Family and Other Catholics in America."
Much as I want to have a Catholic perspective on our history studies, I cannot use this as the main text in my Catholic homeschool because of the narrow vision of the author, and her reliance on assertions without providing support. I can't say that I was surprised the author's vision, because it is a TAN book, but I was hoping for something better.
If you are a fan of TAN books in general, and only want your students to consider one point of view, then you will like this book. However, it certainly does not provide a model for the kind of scholarship I want my students to practice.
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Written as a book, not textbook, very Catholic. My daughter prefers a larger print with photo, more textbooky like CTBP.Published 1 month ago by Cerita Young
Tells the true history which is not allowed to be taught in public schools or covered by media!Published 9 months ago by me
I'm a former homeschooler who was given this book and taught its content as my sole source for American history in high school. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Emily DeFreitas
As far as textbooks go this is a good one for my 9th grade students. The companion workbook is also very helpful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Catherine
What a silly and foolish book, filled with historical errors and a bias so extreme that any claim it would make to being an "historical" account of the antics of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mike in Elmhurst