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New Women of the Old Faith
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Cummings highlights four women: Chicago-based journalist Margaret Buchanan Sullivan; Sister Julia McGroarty, SND, founder of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., one of the first Catholic women's colleges; Philadelphia educator Sister Assisium McEvoy, SSJ; and Katherine Eleanor Conway, a Boston editor, public figure, and antisuffragist. Cummings uses each woman's story to explore how debates over Catholic identity were intertwined with the renegotiation of American gender roles. By examining female power within Catholic religious communities and organizations, she challenges the widespread assumption that women who were faithful members of a patriarchal church were incapable of pathbreaking work on behalf of women.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Chiefly among Women: The Old Faith, the New Woman, and the Creation of a Usable Past
  2. pp. 17-58
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  1. 2. Enlarging Our Lives: Higher Education, Americanism, and Trinity College for Catholic Women
  2. pp. 59-100
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  1. 3. The Wageless Work of Paradise: Catholic Sisters, Professionalization, and the School Question
  2. pp. 101-156
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  1. 4. The Morbid Consciousness of Womanhood: Catholicism, Antisuffrage, and the Limits of Sisterhood
  2. pp. 157-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-278
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