By James M. Woods
“In a masterful survey of analysis on Catholicism within the South, Woods has performed for that sector what James Hennesey did for the Catholic Church within the usa in American Catholics.”—Gerald P. Fogarty, college of Virginia
“This is a e-book now we have lengthy wanted. during the last 4 many years the heritage of the evangelical culture within the South has been came upon and lots more and plenty written approximately, however the Catholic measurement of southern spiritual heritage has lagged at 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 different life within the American South than the Catholic Church. The Spanish missions validated in Florida and Texas promoted Catholicism. Catholicism was once the dominant faith one of the French who settled in Louisiana. sooner than the inflow of Irish immigrants within the 1840s, such a lot American Catholics lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. Anti-Catholic prejudice was once by no means as robust within the South as within the North or Midwest and was once infrequent within the area ahead of the 20 th century.
James Woods’s sweeping historical past stretches from the 1st ecu cost of the continent throughout the finish of the Spanish-American battle. The ebook is split into 3 specific sections: the colonial period, the early Republic throughout the annexation of Texas in 1845, and the stormy latter half the 19th century. Woods will pay specific consciousness to church/state family members, challenge paintings and non secular orders, the church and slavery, immigration to the South, and the adventure of Catholicism in a mostly Protestant area. He additionally highlights the contributions and careers of definite very important 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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Moving along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf coasts, he finally landed at the mouth of a river he named Rio de las Palmas (River of the Palms). Earlier scholars had once believed this river to be the Rio Grande, yet now it is believed to be the Rio Panuco in northeastern Mexico. Pineda stayed there for forty days before continuing along the Mexican coastline. 11 One of the first Europeans to set foot in Texas was Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490–1556), an important survivor of an expedition of some 250 men that had begun in early 1528 near present-day Tampa.
At that village on September 16, Fray Bias Rodríguez was bluntly told that the Indians intended to kill him. Rodríguez only asked to be allowed to say Mass, which the Indians permitted as they sat on the chapel floor. After distributing some of his belongings to various Indians, he knelt down and was killed. 41 The next day, the rebels on St. Catherine’s Island asked the chief to murder the friar working there; when the Indian leader refused, they murdered Fray Miguel de Añon anyway. 42 The fifth Franciscan to be martyred was Fray Francisco Veráscola y Sáez de Castañiza at the mission on the northern end of St.
64 Yet adaptation had its limits. For example, Franciscans attempted to suppress overtly pagan beliefs and practices they associated with witchcraft or the devil. The friars had a difficult time ending polygamy among the tribal chiefs, as having more than one wife was considered a perk of being a cacique. Fr. , the earliest historian of Spanish Florida, quoted a missionary as saying that when a particular chief left his lady for his wife’s sister, the friar attempted, unsuccessfully, to have him return to his original spouse.
A History of the Catholic Church in the American South, 1513-1900 by James M. Woods