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Excommunicated From the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America

William B. Kurtz


This book argues that the Civil War had a negative impact on the assimilation and acceptance of Catholics in American society. Prior to the start of the conflict, many Catholics felt alienated by antebellum anti-Catholicism and nativism and responded by partially separating themselves from other Americans, most clearly seen in their creation of the parochial schools system. Still, many Catholics in the North rallied to support the Union after the attack on Fort Sumter, with famous units such as the Irish Brigade demonstrating Catholic patriotism. Scores of priests and hundreds of nuns served i ... More

Keywords: anti-Catholicism, Border States, Catholic, Civil War, emancipation, loyalty, nativism, North, patriotism, Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823267538
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William B. Kurtz, author
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities