Historian McGreevy publishes major work on Catholic American history

by Michael O. Garvey

“Catholicism and American Freedom: A History,” by John T. McGreevy, John A. O’Brien Associate Professor and chair of history at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by W.W. Norton&Company.p. Considering two centuries of Catholic and American history, the book examines tensions arising between traditional American notions of liberty and progress and Catholicism, which traditionally resists the liberal exaltation of personal autonomy and insists that human dignity and individual freedom must be rooted in human communion. It surveys the effects of these tensions on a wide variety of social issues from 19th-century debates on slavery to more recent controversies in public education, labor organization, economic reform, civil rights, and abortion law.p.

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