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Introducing the Second Edition of "American Catholic History: A Documentary Reader"

Today's guest post comes from Catherine R. Osborne (a former postdoctoral fellow at the Cushwa Center).  Catherine is now Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.  She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming second edition of American Catholic History: A Documentary Reader (NYU, 2017), the subject of today's post.  Thanks, Catherine!

Over a decade ago, I was working at the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University ( when its then co-director, Mark Massa, SJ, asked me if I wanted to participate in his newest project: assembling a one-volume primary source reader for students taking courses in American Catholicism. Drawing on our own research and on the work of earlier anthologists, especially John Tracy Ellis's Documents of American Catholic History and the fabulous nine-volume Orbis series American Catholic Identities: A Documentary History (gen…

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