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Explorations in Ethnic Studies
Jay Dolan confines this study on immigrant Catholicism in New York City largely to the half-century between 1815 and 1865. He does, however, briefly note significant ties among events occurring in the secular world of Europe and America which influenced the nature of the migrations and the attitudes of the immigrants. (For example, the Germans of ‘48 brought with them political leanings that their predecessors had had). It is important to keep in mind that it was the era following the American Civil War when the great waves of immigrants, including large numbers of Catholics from southern and eastern Europe, poured into the United States. The half-century of which Dolan writes was the time when Catholicism survived early nativist attacks and when it become firmly established particularly in the eastern United States of which New York was a prime example.
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