Catholicism and the Shaping of Nineteenth-Century America by Jon Gjerde

By Jon Gjerde

Catholicism and the Shaping of Nineteenth-Century the USA bargains a sequence of clean views on essentially the most regular issues - the nation's come upon with Catholicism - in nineteenth-century American background. whereas spiritual and immigration historians have construed this background in univocal phrases, Jon Gjerde bridges sectarian divides by way of proposing Protestants and Catholics in dialog with one another. In so doing, Gjerde finds the ways that America's come upon with Catholicism used to be even more than a narrative approximately American nativism. Nineteenth-century spiritual debates raised questions on the elemental underpinnings of the yank kingdom and society: the form of the antebellum marketplace financial system, the transformation of gender roles within the American kinfolk, and where of slavery in an ostensibly democratic polity have been just a couple of of the problems engaged by means of Protestants and Catholics in a full of life and enduring dialectic. whereas the query of where of Catholics in the United States used to be left unresolved, the very debates surrounding this query generated a number of conceptions of yank pluralism and American nationwide identification.

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Copyright © 1991 by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. All rights reserved. Manufactured in Hong Kong. First edition. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Page v CONTENTS List of Illustrations vii Foreword, by David J. Wagner xi Acknowledgments xiii Preface xv Part 1. Penance and Mercy in the Christian Tradition 1. The Place of Penance in Early Christian Thought and Practice 3 2. Penance in Medieval Europe and Spain Through the Eighteenth Century 8 3. Penitential Practices in Colonial Mexico 20 4.

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While attacking these cultural values the Americans were simultaneously taking control of New Mexican sovereignty and economy and were introducing modern means of transportation, trade, and production to the formerly isolated territory. The traditional self-sufficient economy of Hispanic and Indian New Mexico had been based upon handwork: nearly the full range of daily necessities from food to clothing, shelter, furnishings, and tools was produced by hand from local materials, as were the equally essential religious images.

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