Catholicism in the American West
A Rosary of Hidden Voices
Western History - Religion
6 x 9, 184 pp.
17 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 12/11/2007
Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press
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978-1-58544-621-6

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2009 Paul J. Foik Award, presented by the Texas Catholic Historical Society
 
2008 Arrington-Prucha Prize for best essay of the year on the history of religion in the American West, presented by the Western History Association
 

Catholicism in the American West

A Rosary of Hidden Voices

Edited by Roberto R. Treviño and Richard V. Fracaviglia

Like the rosary itself, the influence of Catholicism on the social and historical development of the American West has been both visible and hidden: visible in the effects of personal conviction on lives and communities; hidden in that the fuller context of this important American religious group has been largely marginalized or undervalued in traditional historiographic treatments of the region.

This volume, an outgrowth of the 2004 Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, seeks to redress this imbalance. Editors Roberto R. Treviño and Richard Francaviglia have assembled here a variety of scholarly voices to present, according to the preface, “little-known stories about a religion whose traditions and adherents had until recently remained largely at the periphery of U.S. history narratives.” The result is a work that offers at once a fuller portrait of the Catholic experience in and impact on the American West, and also tantalizing glimpses that are highly suggestive of fruitful areas for further study.

The contributors to Catholicism in the American West bring to light the variety, the hardships, and, ultimately, some of the triumphs of Catholicism in the American West. These studies are fine examples of the scholarship currently “reshaping how historians understand the role of Catholicism both in the development of the West and in the broader history of the nation.”

ROBERTO R. TREVIÑO is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University.RICHARD V. FRANCAVIGLIA is a professor of history and director of the Center for Southwestern Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. He previously coedited Lights, Camera, History: Portraying the Past in Film

What Readers Are Saying:

". . . This wonderful collection of essays was originally presented as part of the Walter  Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series held at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2004. . . The contributors represent some of the best new scholarship of Catholicism in the American West. . . an excellent essay examining the Chicano movement in Houston, Texas during the 1960s, claiming that the Church alternately 'resisted and embraced' the movement. . . This collection provides a real service by presenting valuable and interesting research on hitherto neglected Catholic groups in a region that has been equally neglected. This book is highly recommended."-Catholic Historical Review

"This book is highly recommended to those interested in the history of the Catholic Church in the western United States."-Sooner Catholic

"Highly recommended to those interested in the history of the Catholic Church in the western United States."-Curled Up

"They clearly know their stuff.  This is a book worth reading, not only for Catholics, but for historians.  You won't be disappointed."-Permian Historical Annual

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