Ballots and Bibles by Evelyn Savidge Sterne
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Ballots and Bibles
By Evelyn Savidge Sterne

Ballots and Bibles

Ethnic Politics and the Catholic Church in Providence

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Ballots and Bibles by Evelyn Savidge Sterne

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By the mid-nineteenth century, Providence, Rhode Island, an early industrial center, became a magnet for Catholic immigrants seeking jobs. The city created as a haven for Protestant dissenters was transformed by the arrival of Italian, Irish, and French-Canadian workers. By 1905, more than half of its population was Catholic-Rhode Island was the first state in the nation to have a Catholic majority. Civic leaders, for whom Protestantism was an essential component of American identity, systematically sought to exclude the city's Catholic immigrants from participation in public life, most flagrantly by restricting voting rights. Through her account of the newcomers' fight for political inclusion, Evelyn Savidge Sterne offers a fresh perspective on the nationwide struggle to define American identity at the turn of the twentieth century.In a departure from standard histories of immigrants and workers in the United States, Ballots and Bibles views religion as a critical tool for new Americans seeking to influence public affairs. In Providence, this book demonstrates, Catholics used their parishes as political organizing spaces. Here they learned to be speakers and leaders, eventually orchestrating a successful response to Rhode Island's Americanization campaigns and claiming full membership in the nation. The Catholic Church must, Sterne concludes, be considered as powerful an engine for ethnic working-class activism from the 1880s until the 1930s as the labor union or the political machine.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801474972
ISBN-10: 0801474973
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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