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Faith and the Historian: Catholic Perspectives by Nick Salvatore

By Nick Salvatore

Faith and the Historian collects essays from 8 skilled historians discussing the impression of being "touched" via Catholicism on their imaginative and prescient of heritage. That first graduate seminar, those essays recommend, didn't mark the inception of one's historic sensibilities; relatively, that technique had deeper, and prior, roots. The authors--ranging from "cradle to the grave" Catholics to people who haven’t practiced for 40 years, and in all places in between--explicitly examine the interaction among their own lives and ideology and the assets in their specialist paintings. quite a few heartfelt, illuminating, and infrequently funny stories emerge from those tales of clever humans coming to phrases with their Catholic backgrounds as they mature and input the academy. participants comprise: Philip Gleason, David Emmons, Maureen Fitzgerald, Joseph A. McCartin, Mario T. Garcia, Nick Salvatore, James R. Barrett, and Anne M. Butler. 

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To insist on the need for distinctions should not be conflated with ambivalence. However, a keenness for making distinctions also bears the mark of my formation in the preconciliar Church—although I never studied enough of St. Thomas to claim that as the source! Americanization/assimilation also, of course, figures prominently in studies of immigration and ethnicity. ” But most of what I have written in this area reflects my interest in matters of definition. 30 Thanks to my dissertation, I got into this area of research a full decade before the “ethnic revival” began in the late 1960s.

As for the reality of sickness and death—the Irish knew plenty about that, as I saw in more than one family wake. My father’s aunt, legally blind and with a tongue like a razor, was my caregiver and it was with her that I stayed. ” While my aunt, in her one-room, shared-bath quarters, prepared the meal over a gas burner, she recited the rosary along with Richard Cardinal Cushing. His singular strong accents resonated from the radio and through the little tenement room. I knew better than to speak during the cardinal’s prayers, but I did not mind for his was a mesmerizing voice.

Although prostitution usually remained the concern of town or county officials, a prostitute charged with a major felony often found herself in the hands of state and territorial authorities for punishment. In these circumstances, women rather frequently entered male penitentiaries in the nineteenth-century West. Many archivists and librarians had warned me that western prison records would not yield information about women inmates, but I learned otherwise. 6 I did not anticipate that these two groups of women—prostitutes and female prisoners—would return me to my earlier high school interest in Catholic history.

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