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By James M. Woods

“In a masterful survey of analysis on Catholicism within the South, Woods has performed for that area what James Hennesey did for the Catholic Church within the usa in American Catholics.”—Gerald P. Fogarty, college of Virginia


“This is a publication we've lengthy wanted. during the last 4 many years the background of the evangelical culture within the South has been chanced on and lots more and plenty written approximately, however the Catholic size of southern spiritual background has lagged in the back of within the historiography. ultimately here's a synthesis of virtually 3 centuries of the Catholic Church within the region.”—John B. Boles, Rice University


No Christian denomination has had an extended or extra assorted life within the American South than the Catholic Church. The Spanish missions tested in Florida and Texas promoted Catholicism. Catholicism used to be the dominant faith one of the French who settled in Louisiana. ahead of the inflow of Irish immigrants within the 1840s, so much American Catholics lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. Anti-Catholic prejudice was once by no means as powerful within the South as within the North or Midwest and used to be infrequent within the zone ahead of the 20 th century.
    James Woods’s sweeping historical past stretches from the 1st ecu payment of the continent throughout the finish of the Spanish-American struggle. The e-book is split into 3 detailed sections: the colonial period, the early Republic during the annexation of Texas in 1845, and the stormy latter 1/2 the 19th century. Woods can pay specific awareness to church/state kin, venture paintings and non secular orders, the church and slavery, immigration to the South, and the adventure of Catholicism in a principally Protestant area. He additionally highlights the contributions and careers of convinced vital southern Catholics, either clerical and lay, and considers how the varied Catholic ethnic and racial teams have expressed their faith—and their citizenship—through the centuries.

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91 If Spain benefited from this policy, so did the former slaves, since it “offered them a refuge within which they could live free and maintain their families. . ”92 St. Augustine contained Spaniards, blacks, Indians, mestizos, and mulattoes. According to Robert Kapitzke, religion melded this diverse community together. 93 Such unity had began, however, to disintegrate after 1680. Governor Cabrera assumed his duties on November 30, 1680. A brusque authoritarian with a distinguished military career, the new governor soon became embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Franciscans.

The idea of having a bishop for La Florida was first broached as early as 1598 and was mentioned at times over the next century, though it was usually dismissed due to lack of funding. Finally, Bishop Diego Evelino de Compostela of Santiago recommended a resident bishop for Florida in 1701 24 d part i. The Colonial Context, 1513–1763 to ease some of his burdens. By the end of that year, even the Spanish Crown requested that the pope name a resident auxiliary bishop for Florida. Pope Clement XI questioned the wisdom of having a prelate in a place with so few people, yet he relented and gave his approval in May 1703.

Pine-tree trunks held up the roof and walls, and between these rough-hewn pillars small posts were interwoven with horizontal wattles, tied with leather thongs. Clay was then daubed on the latticework and, when dry, it was white-washed on the interior. Palmetto thatching served as roofing, and wide eaves provided outside shade from the sun. ” Hann uncovered documentation concerning the elaborate furnishings used in the The Spanish Catholic Mission to La Florida, 1513–1763 d 17 Florida mission religious services, at least at the end of the seventeenth century.

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