The author gives an updated historical account of the part played by Catholics in both the American Revolution and the Civil War, and of the difficulties within the Church that came with the clash of national interests among Irish, French, and Germans in the nineteenth century. He regards immigration as the key to the increasingly important role of American Catholicism in the nation after 1820. For contemporary America, the author counts among the signs of the mature Church an increase in Church membership, the presence of nine Americans in the College of Cardinals in May, 1967, and the expansion of American effort in Catholic missions throughout the world.
Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
I. The Church in Colonial America, 1492-1790
II. Catholics as Citizens, 1790-1852
III. Civil War and Immigration, 1852-1908
IV. Maturing Catholicism in the United States, 1908-56
V. The Changing Church, 1956-68