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Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics, 1808-1946
by Terry Golway
Publisher: Fordham University Press 2008
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This lavishly illustrated book chronicles the history, growth, and extraordinary legacy of New York's largest denomination.Copublished with the Museum of the City of New York as a companion to its exhibit opening in April, 2006, Heart of the City brings together rare images and original essays to explore the key dimensions of the Catholic experience in New York. Here is a fascinating pictorial record of Catholic struggles and triumphs, and thirteen insightful essays that trace the story if Catholic New York- from people and parishes and traditions to the schools, hospitals, and other institutions that shaped the metropolis. From the emblematic account story one Manhattan parish's life across generations of neighborhood change to fresh perspectives on extraordinary impact of Catholic institutional life on the making of the city, the essays range widely. There's a personal reflections by Pete Hamill on growing up Catholic as well as revealing explorations of the Catholic presence in all corners of New York's social, political, cultural, and educational worlds. Catholic leaders such as Dorothy Day, Al Smith, and Mother Cabrini come to life in other essays, and there's a look at Catholic New York facing new realities of race, ethnic change, and suburbanization after World War II.Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of New York, Heart of the City tells not just the story of the city's largest community of faith, but offers a new telling of what is for all of us a classic New York story.

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