Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946 by Terry GolwayCatholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946 by Terry Golway

Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946

EditorTerry Golway

Hardcover | June 16, 2008

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This lavishly illustrated book chronicles the history, growth, and extraordinary legacy of New York's largest Christian denomination.

Co-published with the Museum of the City of New York as a companion to its exhibition on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of New York, this book brings together rare images and original essays to explore the key dimensions of the Catholic experience in New York.

Here is a fascinating pictorial record of Catholic struggles and triumphs, and thirteen insightful essays that trace the story of Catholic New York-from people, parishes, and traditions to the schools, hospitals, and other institutions that helped shape the metropolis. The struggles of generations of immigrants and their descendents against prejudice bear fruit in the remarkable ascendance of Catholics in the city's politics.

From the emblematic account of one Manhattan parish's life across generations of neighborhood change to fresh perspectives on the extraordinary impact of Catholic institutional life on the making of the city, the essays range widely. There's a personal refl ection by Pete Hamill on growing up Catholic as well as revealing explorations of the Catholic presence in all corners of New York's social, political, cultural, and educational worlds. Catholic leaders such as Dorothy Day, Al Smith, and Mother Cabrini come to life in other essays. An afterword offers a look at Catholic New York facing new realities of race, ethnic change, and suburbanization after World War II.

Blending memorable images with insightful commentary, Catholics in New York tells not just the story of the city's largest community of faith, but offers a new telling of what is for everyone a classic New York story.

Terry Golway is the author of seven books, including The Irish in America; and Full of Grace, a biography of New York's late Cardinal John O'Connor. A former member of The New York Times editorial board, Golway directs the John Kean Center for American History at Kean University.
Title:Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:June 16, 2008Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823229041

ISBN - 13:9780823229048


Table of Contents

Susan Henshaw Jones: Director's ForewordTerry Golway: IntroductionCatholic New Yorkers: Family, Parish, and CommunityPete Hamill: Confessions of a "Retired" CatholicMary Elizabeth Brown: A Separate Feast: The Italian Influence on Catholic New YorkPatrick J. McNamara: A People Set Apart: The Church Grows in Brooklyn...and QueensDavid Gibson: St. Brigid's Parish: A Pilgrim Church for an Immigrant PeopleAlex Storozynski: From Serfdom to Freedom: Polish Catholics Find a RefugeBuilding Catholic New York: Institutions and OrganizationsMother Frances Xavier Cabrini: The Sweetness of a Sunday GatheringTyler Anbinder: Saving Grace: The Emigrant Savings Bank and Its DepositorsBernadette McCauley: Apart and Among: Sisters in the Lives of Catholic New YorkersJames Thomas Keane: Bridging the Racial Gap: John LaFarge and the Catholic Interracial CouncilPublic Faces: Catholics in Labor and PoliticsPeter Quinn: Life of the PartySalvatore J. LaGumina: Faith, Power, and Identity: Catholics in New York PoliticsEdward T. O'Donnell: Soggarth Aroon: The Rise and Fall of Rev. Edward McGlynnJames T. Fisher: On the Catholic Waterfront: Struggling for Power, Opportunity, and JusticeAn Afterword: The New Catholic New YorkWilliam Donohue: Spanish Harlem Welcomes an IrishmanDavid A. Badillo: A New Mission: Cardinal Spellman and New York's Puerto RicansDan Barry: Green Grass, Cape Cods, and Suburban CatholicismContributor BiographiesImage CreditsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Given the reality that New York was the point of entry for so many immigrant Catholic groups, "other cities did
not have the mosaic experience of Catholic life that we did in New York," said Mr. Golway, the editor of the
exhibition's companion publication, "Catholics in New York: Society, Culture and Politics 1808 to 1946."