New Women of the Old Faith
Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Finishing this book brings with it the long-anticipated pleasure of thanking the many colleagues and friends who have helped and guided me along the way. I am grateful, above all, to everyone associated with the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism...
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In 1897, Right Reverend Patrick Ludden, the bishop of Syracuse, New York, shared his thoughts on the study of the past. ‘‘Too often,’’ he observed, ‘‘it is his story, not history.’’ At the time, the bishop was exhorting historians to maintain absolute objectivity, to refuse to allow...
1. Chiefly among Women: The Old Faith, the New Woman, and the Creation of a Usable Past
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In 1875, ‘‘An American Woman’’ published an article in the Catholic World that represented an outraged response to a comment made by William Gladstone, the former (and future) prime minister of Great Britain. Speaking of the growth of the Catholic Church in England, Gladstone...
2. Enlarging Our Lives: Higher Education, Americanism, and Trinity College for Catholic Women
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In November 1900, Sister Julia McGroarty presided over the opening of Trinity College for Catholic women in Washington, D.C. McGroarty, the American provincial superior of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (snd), had by that point dedicated more than fifty years...
3. The Wageless Work of Paradise: Catholic Sisters, Professionalization, and the School Question
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In 1905, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sponsored an essay contest on Christian doctrine, a subject that had recently become the cornerstone of the curriculum in the city’s Catholic schools. Mary Donohue, a student at Cathedral Girls’ High School Centre, received...
4. The Morbid Consciousness of Womanhood: Catholicism, Antisuffrage, and the Limits of Sisterhood
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Katherine E. Conway, a journalist and author based in Boston, frequently commented on the constellation of issues that constituted ‘‘the woman question’’ in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. Like most other Catholics, Conway...
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2009