American Catholic History: A Documentary Reader

American Catholic History: A Documentary Reader (New York University Press, 2017).

368 pages | 8 halftones

Second edition: completely revised and updated with 34 new documents



Advance Praise:

“The newly added documents better represent diverse viewpoints, e.g., those of African American Catholics and Spanish-speaking Catholics.” (Choice)

“This updated and revised edition is the go-to primary source reader to assign for any and all undergraduate and graduate-level courses on American Catholicism. Drs. Massa and Osborne have done a tremendous job curating a wide array of essential readings for scholars and students of Catholicism. This book fills an important niche in American Catholic Studies and is essential reading for scholars and students alike.” (Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Professor and V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair of Catholic Studies, The University of Iowa)

“The documents collected in the first edition topped the list of best resources for teaching the diversity and complexity of US Catholic history, and now this revised edition is even better.  From mission manager Eulalia Pérez in California in the 1800s to Pope Francis addressing Congress in 2015, the varied voices summon an astonishing story of solace and conflict in the Roman church, in the American nation, and in the human heart.” (Julie Byrne, author of The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion)


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