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Michael P. Carroll argues that the academic study of religion in the United States continues to be shaped by a "Protestant imagination" that has warped our perception of the American religious experience and its written history and analysis. In this provocative study, Carroll explores a number of historiographical puzzles that emerge from the American Catholic story as it has been understood through the Protestant tradition. Reexamining the experience of Catholicism among Irish immigrants, Italian Americans, Acadians and Cajuns, and Hispanics, Carroll debunks the myths that have informed much of this history. Shedding new light on lived religion in America, Carroll moves an entire academic field in new, exciting directions and challenges his fellow scholars to open their minds and eyes to develop fresh interpretations of American religious history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. 1 How the Irish Became Protestant in America
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2 Why the Famine Irish Became Catholic in America
  2. pp. 27-61
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  1. 3 Italian American Catholicism: The Standard Story and Its Problems
  2. pp. 62-95
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  1. 4 Were the Acadians/Cajuns Really Good Catholics?
  2. pp. 96-112
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  1. 5 Hispanic Catholicism and the Illusion of Knowledge
  2. pp. 113-148
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  1. 6 Protestantism and the Academic Study of American Religion: An Enduring Alliance
  2. pp. 149-185
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 186-187
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-219
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421401997
Related ISBN
9780801886836
MARC Record
OCLC
794701417
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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