The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History    -     By: Michael Glazier
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Michael Glazier / 1997 / Hardcover

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The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History is the first work of its kind. It is a splendid and unique achievement created by hundreds of historians and writers who cooperated to narrate the saga of American Catholicism from 1492 to the present. In over 1,200 articles and in over a million words, they bring us a panoramic and extraordinary story that should give American Catholics an educated sense of their identity and their wonderful heritage. The Encyclopedia covers every facet of American Catholic history: the explorers: the pioneering Spanish, French, and English missionaries; the struggles of the colonial and revolutionary eras; the turbulent and transforming nineteenth century with its waves of immigrants; the industrial revolution; and the challenges and crises of this century down to our day. Moreoveit traces the roots and charts the growth of Catholicism in each of the fifty states. Above all, it brings us, in hundreds of memorable features, the men and women who gave much and did much to build the Church in America.

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Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 0814659195
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This first reference work of its kind ever published in the United States is a splendid and unique achievement created by hundreds of historians and writers who cooperated to narrate the saga of American Catholicism. Beginning with Columbus, this comprehensive work spans half a millennium and covers the men, women, and events that shaped Catholic life in a vast and diverse nation. Over1,200 articles, 300 photographs, and a million words comprise this elegant volume, which provides American Catholics with a panoramic and extraordinary education in their identity and heritage.

Edited by Michael Glazier and Thomas J. Shelley, The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History recounts the struggles and status of American Catholics in every generation of the nation's history. It also narrates and charts the phenomenal growth of the Church in each of the fifty states. It contains hundreds of factual biographies of men and women from al stratas of society. It focuses on the explorers; the pioneering Spanish, French, and English missionaries; the struggles of the colonial and revolutionary era; the turbulent and transforming nineteenth century with its waves of immigrants; the industrial revolution; and the challenges and crises of this century, down to our day.

al the major events and movements which united or divided Catholics are covered: The Revolution, Lay Trusteeism, slavery and the Civil War, the arrival of immigrants, Nativism and bigotry, Americanism, Modernism, the Labor Movement, the Knights of Columbus, wars, anti-semitism, the New Deal and Prohibition, anti- Communism, McCarthyism, the Women's Revolution, civil rights, Vietnam, Human vitae, liturgy, and capital punishment. Other subjects, which were often neglected by past historians, are given greater consideration. These include the role of women and Native Americans and the growth of Catholicism in the United States. The great personalities men and women from each decade and era are perceptively portrayed, and rewarding attention is given to the women lay and religious who played a major role in educating and forming the Catholic children of America for over five generations.

Entries are arranged alphabetically for convenient use by those who preach, teach, or study. The primary aim of each entry, whether it reflects some original research or summarizes existing scholarship, is to provide basic information while its bibliographical citations open the road to further study.

The American Catholic Church has been the home to a vast variety of people. The notable men and women who appear in these pages represent countless millions who are little known. But American Catholicism today is the living monument to their lives and labors. Knowing their history gives today's Americans confidence, and The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History is a celebration of their faith.

The contributors to this work have been selected for their scholarship and competence. Among the hundreds of distinguished contributors are: James Hennesey, Kathleen Neils Colzen, Mary Oates, Karen Kennelly, James Pula, Philip Gleason, Steven Avella, Dominic Monti, Jaime Vidal, Kenneth Baker, Sandra Yokum Mize, David O'Brien, Thomas Spalding, Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb, Gerald Fogerty, Clyde Crews, Christopher Kauffman, Robert Trisco, Patrick Carey, and Mary Elizabeth Brown.

Over four decades ago, Michael Glazier began his publishing career in Ireland. After coming to America he studied the focal aspects of U.S. publishing, from book design to marketing and eventually became a consultant to a group of American and European publishers. In 1972 he founded Scholarly Resources Inc., which specializes in diplomatic, legal and congressional history. He initiated and directed the publication of standard reference works including the 150-volume British Parliamentary Papers of the Eighteenth Century. In 1977 he founded Michael Glazier Inc. which published both scholarly religious and secular titles including The National State Papers of the United States and The Plymouth Court Records. He also published The New Dictionary of Theology and The Aramaic Bible: The Targums series available through The Liturgical Press. He received several awards for his contribution to patristic, theological and biblical studies.

Father Thomas J. Shelley is an associate professor of historical theology at Fordham University. Formerly, he was professor of Church history at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York.

The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History

    is the first reference work of its kind ever published in the U.S.A. was created by hundreds of historians and writers covers al the major events which united or divided Catholics recounts the struggles and triumphs of American Catholics in every generation of the nation's history includes extensive coverage of American dioceses, religious communities, and saints charts the growth of the Church in each state contains hundreds of biographies of men and women from al stratas of society includes over 1,200 articles, 300 photographs, and a million words includes entries arranged alphabetically for convenient use by those who preach, teach or study includes cross references and bibliographies to direct further study merits a place in academic, public, and personal libraries

    Some of the over 1200 topics and entries include:
    African Americans and Catholicism
    Anti-Catholic Bigotry in United States
    Augustinians in United States
    Baltimore Plenary Councils
    Baltimore Provincial Councils
    Benedictines in United States
    Bishop, W. Howard, Founder of Glenmary
    Brownson, Orestes
    Burke, John J., CSP
    Cabrini, Mother Frances Xavier
    Calvert, George, First Lord Baltimore
    Capuchins in United States
    Carey, Mathew
    Carmelites in United States
    Carroll, Archbishop John
    Christian Family Movement
    Catholic Relief Services
    Catholic University of America, The
    Catholic Worker Movement
    Catholic Writers
    Catholic Book Publishing
    Catholic Magazine Publishing
    Catholic Newspaper Publishing
    Catholics and Wars
    Catholics and the Civil War
    Cistercians of the Common Observance in United States
    Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists) in United States
    Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s
    Columbus, Christopher
    Communism and American Catholics
    Conference of Major Superiors of Men
    Conscientious Objectors and American Catholicism
    Corrigan, Archbishop Michael A.
    Coughlin, Reverend Charles
    Croation Immigrants and Croatians in United States Church
    Cushing, Archbishop Richard J.
    Czech Immigrants and Czechs in United States Church
    Day, Dorothy
    DeHueck, Baroness Catherine
    Democratic Party and American Catholics
    Dominicans (OP) in United States
    Dred Scott Decision
    Drexel, Mother Katherine
    Duchesne, Mother Philippine
    Duffy, Reverend Francis P.
    Ecumenism and American Catholics
    Education (elementary, secondary, college) and United States Catholics
    Ellis, Monsignor John Tracy
    England, Bishop John
    Franciscans in United States
    French-Canadian Immigrants and United States Church
    German Immigrants and Germans in United States Church
    Gibbons, James Cardinal
    Government Aid to Education and United States Catholics
    Guilday, Monsignor Peter
    Halinan, Archbishop Pal
    Hawthorne, Mother Rose Lathrop
    Hecker, Issac, CSP
    Hispanic Immigrants and Hispanics in United States Church
    Holy Cross Fathers in United States
    Holy Ghost Fathers in United States
    Hungarian Immigrants and Hungarians in United States Church
    Ireland, Archbishop John
    Irish Immigrants and Irish in United States Church
    Italian Immigrants and Italians in United States Church
    Jesuits in United States
    Jewish-Catholic Relations in United States
    Josephite Fathers in United States
    Keane, Archbishop John
    Kennedy, President John F.
    Kino, Father Eusebio
    Knights of Columbus
    Labor Unions and American Catholics
    Lamy, Archbishop Jean Baptiste
    Lay Trusteeism in United States Church
    Lithuanian Immigrants and Lithuanians in United States Church
    Liturgical Movement in United States Church
    Marist Fathers in United States
    Marquette, PFre Jacques, SJ
    Maryknoll Fathers and Sisters
    Mazzuchelli, Reverend Samuel, OP
    McCarthy, Senator Joseph, and American Catholics
    McGlynn, Reverend Edward
    McIntyre, James Francis, Cardinal
    McQuaid, Bishop Bernard J.
    Merton, Reverend Thomas,OSCO
    Michel, Virgil, OSB
    Maguires, Molly
    Mundelein, George Cardinal
    Murray, John Courtney, SJ
    Music and American Catholics
    National Conference of Catholic Charities
    Native Americans and American Catholicism
    Neumann, St. John
    Oblates of Mary Immaculate
    O'Connor, Flannery
    O'Neill, Thomas ("Tip") P. O'Reilly, John Boyle
    Papal Infallibility and American Catholics
    Passionist Fathers in United States
    Pastoral Letters of the United States Bishops
    Polish Immigrants and Poles in United States Church
    Powderly, Terence
    Prohibition and United States Catholics
    Puerto Rican Immigrants and Puerto Ricans in United States Church
    Redemptorists in United States
    Rummel, Archbishop Joseph
    Ruthenian Immigrants and Ruthenians in United States Church
    Ryan, Reverend John A.
    Salesians in United States
    Schisms in United States Church
    Seminaries and the American Church
    Serra, Father Junipero, OFM
    Seton, St. Elizabeth Ann
    Shea, John Gilmary
    Sheen, Archbishop Fulton J.
    Slavery and American Catholics
    Slovak Immigrants and Slovaks in United States Church
    Slovene Immigrants and Slovenes in United States Church
    Smith, Governor Alfred E.
    Society for the Propagation of the Faith in United States
    Sulpicians in United States
    Society of the Divine Word in United States
    South American Immigrants and United States Church
    Spalding, Bishop John Lancaster
    Spanish Civil War and American Catholics
    St. Vincent de Pal Society
    Taney, Roger Brooke
    Tekakwitha, Kateri
    Vietnamese Immigrants and Vietnamese in United States Church
    Vincentians(Congregation of the Mission) in United States
    Ukrainian Immigrants and Ukrainians in United States Church
    Vatican Council I and American Catholics
    Vatican Council II and American Catholics
    Women Religious in United States Church
    Women's Suffrage and American Catholics


Editorial Reviews

This encyclopedia fills a void. It puts on record for the current generation and those to follow the rich contributions of Catholics to American life and culture. The topical mix is wide-ranging and the authors authoritative and engaging. Scholars and browsers alike will find here much that is of interest. Entries include Catholics and the labor movement, African American Catholics, American Catholic women, Catholics and the liturgical movement, and hundreds of notable individuals from comedian Fred Allen to Clare Booth Luce to Father John LaFarge to the four martyred women missioners in El Salvador. The book belongs in school libraries, parishes, and on the home shelves.
Philip J. Murnion, National Pastoral Life Center

Anyone who reads American history or even specifically American Catholic history for whatever purpose will welcome this companion reference. Here persons and topics often mentioned only in passing in such works are put into their broader contexts, and the details of their relevance to those contexts fleshed out. The bibliographies appended to individual articles are especially useful pointers to further resources.
Suzanne Noffke, O.P.

I need this book. My gratitude to the compilers of this enormously helpful work. This is an awesome tool of scholarship. It will be a valuable addition to every reference shelf. A necessary tool for scholars, writers, historians, students and learners of all kinds. This achievement, with entries on individuals, groups, ideas, places, movements, is wondrous.
Harry James Cargas, Webster University

The contents of this dictionary go far beyond the usual selections in American Catholic historiography. Clearly the editors aimed, not only at highlighting the well-known facets of U.S. Catholic history, but at uncovering persons, trends, and traditions that have previously been ignored even by many historians. The result is a work that introduces the reader to a broad range of significant women and men, events, and crises that were at the heart of creating and developing the American Catholic world. Historians well-versed in specific aspects of the Catholic past have been called upon to tell the elaborate story. So wide is the net of data cast in this volume that the product can serve as an extremely useful reference tool for those who search for a fuller picture of what has forged the American Catholic identity today.
Dolores Liptak, R.S.M.

An exciting blend of old and new makes Glazier and Shelley's Encyclopedia of American Catholic History a useful tool for those who want to have at their fingertips a complete necrology of American bishops along with a compendium of the development of Catholicism in every state in America. But the real pièce de résistance are those entries on women (religious and lay), African Americans, and population changes.
Suellen Hoy, University of Notre Dame

. . . a splendid achievement. The choice of entries is thoughtful, creative and comprehensive. The articles are high quality, written by top scholars and embody the most recent research. The encyclopedia will be an essential acquisition for any academic library, for anyone working seriously in the field or simply for buffs who enjoy random strolls though nugget-strewn groves.
Los Angeles Times

This is one of those texts that is as tempting as a dish of peanuts; one casual munch and the reader is hooked for hours and, better, nourished as well.

An impressive and highly recommended companion volume to the publisher's widely acclaimed dictionary on Catholic social teaching and other subjects. It will be welcomed enthusiastically not only by amateur American Church buffs like myself but also by credentialed scholars in the field, many of whom have contributed key chapters in their areas of specialization. As an added bonus, it also makes for good spiritual reading because it recalls in ample detail the heroic zeal of so many of our long forgotten forebears in the history of the Church in the United States.
George G. Higgins, The Catholic University of America

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