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About the Author

Belinda T. Mooney is a homeschooling mother of six and author. She is also an experienced college instructor, holding an M.S.W. in social work from Louisiana State University. Mrs. Mooney put aside her career, however, to devote her time to homeschooling and homemaking. In her own words, \"Without a doubt, it\'s the best decision I ever made in my life.\" She wrote the Christ and the Americas Workbook as a longtime fan of TAN to help students appreciate our fine Catholic heritage. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and six children.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 9 - 12
  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; 1St Edition edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895555948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895555946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well worth its price, this book covers the history of the Catholic Church in America in great detail. It combines interesting stories with the basic facts. With a good index, I need no other book to study American Church History.
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Anne W. Carroll was married to Warren H. Carroll (1932-2011), who wrote a 6-volume history of the Catholic Church (e.g., The Founding of Christendom: A History of Christendom (vol. 1); she in fact finished the 5th and 6th volumes after her husband's death). She is also the founder of Seton Junior & Senior High School and Seton Home Study School, and the author of Christ the King: Lord of History.

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...
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This is yet another wonderful surprise from the talented pen of Ann Carroll. The book is an inclusive and well written account of the influence of our Lord and Savior on American history. Although I am priviliged to be degreed in history, it was in this excellent and important book that I really came to understand the important notion of subsidiarity. This concept holds as follows:

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!
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I like this book on so many levels. First, it lets you know from the very beginning that this text is written through a Catholic lens. You know what the bias is, unlike so many commonly used textbooks that have a bias (usually secular humanism), but never state the fact. Second, familiar accounts take on a new light when you look at them in regards to how well the historical figure lived out his/her calling to be holy. I find the book recounts history in a way that inspires me to be a more godly individual. Third, because the text refers to primary sources frequently and mentions the affects of poorly written histories, I am encouraged to go back to the source material and better understand how history can be distorted. Rarely has a textbook had such a profound impact on my interest to delve seriously into history.
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This is a well written and researched text. It gives a good balance to all the anti-Catholic texts that are in print. I found it easy to read. My student enjoyed the book and increased her love of history. We used the study guide as well.
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By A Customer on March 7, 2001
Great Catholic high school history. Gives the role of the Catholic Church in American history. Starts with the earliest explorers and concludes with the 1990's. Covers American history in a fast-paced, thorough, interesting manner. Scores of amazing insights. Makes history really come alive. Great for students; stimulating and informative reading for adults also. U.S. and Central and South American history beautifully woven together. Each era gets its own in-depth coverage. Gives a great sense of American history.
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Finally, a history book written so well to the truth that top Catholic schools, including Mother of Divine Grace and Seton etc have used it for years. For a solid Catholic education, use this book for history.
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This book is both valuable and ridiculous. The maps are clear and abundant, and the text is very readable and interesting, but the viewpoint is astonishingly parochial (in the sense of "narrow-minded").

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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