Immigration and American Religion by Jenna Weissman Joselit

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Spanning the years 1500 to the top of the 20 th century, Immigration and American faith is a different exploration of the evolution, personality, and dynamics of faith in the United States. From the unique inflow of Protestants to next waves of Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and devotees of Santeria and Voudou, Jenna Weissman Joselit describes the fight to set up traditions within the New global, many times within the face of substantial hostility and prejudice. The influence of intolerance, the U.S. government's a number of rules on immigration, and the results of 2 international Wars all play an important half during this attention-grabbing narrative. Drawing at the voices and studies of immigrants, Immigration and American faith files the intense variety that has, for 4 centuries, made the us one of many world's so much dynamic societies.

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My friends and I "quit going to church because we wanted to play baseball on Sunday mornings," he explained. In all other respects, though, Latino Catholics maintained strong ties to their faith. As a Texas priest associated with the San Benito parish observed in 1925, referring to the Mexican immigrants he knew, "They have a great religious mind in their own way....

Even so, the spirits of those present soared that May morning. Thousands of Catholic faithful clogged Fifth Avenue, eager to show their support, while just as many took their seats inside the beautifully proportioned Gothic cathedral, where they spent the better part of the day. There was so much to do and say, apparently, that the dedication ceremony lasted for nearly five hours (the sermon alone ran to one hour and 40 minutes), making it clear to all that American Catholicism had finally come of age.

Many German Catholic immigrants, especially those who had been small shopkeepers and artisans, headed for America's urban areas, transforming cities like Milwaukee and St. Louis into Kleine Deutschland (Little Germany). Others, especially those accustomed to tilling the soil, headed even farther into the The failure of Ireland's potato crop in 1845 and the ensuing famine that continued for decades, swelled the ranks of Irish emigrants. Unlike their predecessors, who had chosen farming, the new immigrants crowded into cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

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