Collection : Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in Twentieth-Century America

The Catholic community is integral to American history. The Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in 20th Century America is devoted to the study of the Catholic experience in America. A joint venture between The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and Cornell University Press, the series welcomes books by senior and junior scholars that illuminate the interactions between Catholics and other Americans. Books in the series explore the ways in which Catholics and their church have responded to, shaped, and been influenced by developments in American society, culture, politics, and religion throughout the twentieth century.

Series Editor

R. Scott Appleby is Professor of History and Director of the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He is the former director of The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.

Forthcoming volumes in the series include:

All Good Books Are Catholic Books: The Cultural Work of U.S. Catholic Literature in the 20th Century by Una Cadegan

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All Good Books Are Catholic Books
Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America
Una M. Cadegan
Una M. Cadegan shows how the Catholic Church’s official position on literary culture developed from World War I to Vatican II in 1965.



Catholics in the American Century
Recasting Narratives of U.S. History
Refocusing the narrative of 20th-century America on the Catholic presence in the United States.



On the Irish Waterfront
The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York
James T. Fisher
The real story of gangsters, politicians, longshoremen, union leaders, and Catholic priests that informed the classic 1954 film, On the Waterfront.



Habits of Devotion
Catholic Religious Practice in Twentieth-Century America
In Habits of Devotion, four senior scholars take the measure of the central religious practices and devotions that by the middle of the twentieth century defined the "ordinary, week-to-week religion" of the majority of American Catholics.



Catholics and Contraception
An American History
Leslie Woodcock Tentler
As Americans rethought sex in the twentieth century, the Catholic Church's teachings on the divisive issue of contraception in marriage were in many ways central. In a fascinating history, Leslie Woodcock Tentler traces changing attitudes: from the...



Ballots and Bibles
Ethnic Politics and the Catholic Church in Providence
Evelyn Savidge Sterne
By the mid-nineteenth century, Providence, Rhode Island, an early industrial center, became a magnet for Catholic immigrants seeking jobs. The city created as a haven for Protestant dissenters was transformed by the arrival of Italian, Irish, and...



Claiming the City
Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul
Mary Lethert Wingerd
Are Minneapolis and St. Paul "Twin Cities" in proximity only? How can two cities, spoken of so often in one breath, differ so greatly in their histories and characteristics? Claiming the City traces the contours of St. Paul's "civic identity" to show...



Horizons of the Sacred
Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism
Horizons of the Sacred explores the distinctive worldview underlying the faith and lived religion of Catholics of Mexican descent living in the United States. Religious practices, including devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebration of the Day of...



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