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Roman Catholicism in the United StatesA Thematic History$
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Margaret M. McGuinness and James T. Fisher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282760

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282760.001.0001

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American and Catholic and Literature: What Cultural History Helps Reveal

American and Catholic and Literature: What Cultural History Helps Reveal

(p.133) Six American and Catholic and Literature: What Cultural History Helps Reveal
Roman Catholicism in the United States

Una M. Cadegan

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the so-called “American Catholic literature” (in the form of diaries, journals, and descriptive accounts of their work intended for European sponsors). With the development of a print culture in the early national period, an American literature designed for a domestic audience began to emerge. The U.S. Catholic Church soon grew sufficiently well organized to generate its own separate literary apparatus meeting the varied needs of immigrants and acculturated readers alike. Catholics were melded into a parallel reading public by their common faith, largely insulated from a national literary industry supplying Protestant readers with tales of moral uplift and sentimental piety not so very different from the Catholic versions.

Keywords:   American Catholic literature, print culture, American literature, Catholic Church, religious literature

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