Church and Estate: Religion and Wealth in Industrial-Era Philadelphia

Paperback | December 23, 2015

byThomas F. Rzeznik

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In Church and Estate, Thomas Rzeznik examines the lives and religious commitments of the Philadelphia elite during the period of industrial prosperity that extended from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s. The book demonstrates how their religious beliefs informed their actions and shaped their class identity, while simultaneously revealing the ways in which financial influences shaped the character of American religious life. In tracing those connections, it shows how religion and wealth shared a fruitful, yet ultimately tenuous, relationship.

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In Church and Estate, Thomas Rzeznik examines the lives and religious commitments of the Philadelphia elite during the period of industrial prosperity that extended from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s. The book demonstrates how their religious beliefs informed their actions and shaped their class identity, while simultan...

Thomas F. Rzeznik is Associate Professor of History at Seton Hall University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 23, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271059680

ISBN - 13:9780271059686

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 “Money Faithfully and Judiciously Expended”

2 A Controlling “Interest”

3 A Labor “Exceedingly Magnificent”

4 The “Quaker-Turned-Episcopal Gentry”

5 The Episcopal Ascendancy

6 Confronting the “Money Interests”

7 Changing Fortunes

Conclusion: Legacies

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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“Church and Estate is a well-written and meticulously researched book on a topic that has received little attention from historians of U.S. Catholicism to date. By examining the ways in which wealthy Christians—Catholics and Protestants—supported their churches, Rzeznik has contributed to our knowledge of both the development of Catholic philanthropy and the role played by wealthy Philadelphia Catholics in the growth of the U.S. Church.”—Margaret M. McGuinness, Catholic Historical Review