By William W. Warner
In 1790, occasions marked details within the improvement of 2 younger American institutions―Congress determined that the hot nation's seat of presidency will be at the banks of the Potomac, and John Carroll of Maryland used to be consecrated as America's first Catholic bishop. This twist of fate of occasions signalled the by surprise very important position that Maryland's Catholics, lots of them through then 5th- and sixth-generation americans, have been to play within the development and early govt of the nationwide capital. during this publication, William W. Warner explores how Maryland's Catholics drew upon their long-standing traditions―advocacy of separation of church and kingdom, a feeling of civic accountability, and a selection "to reside at peace with all their neighbors," in Bishop Carroll's phrase―to take a number one function within the early govt, financing, and development of the recent capital.
Beginning with short histories of the area's first Catholic church buildings and the institution of Georgetown College, At Peace with All Their Neighbors explains the numerous purposes in the back of the Protestant majority's popularity of Catholicism within the nationwide capital in an age frequently marked by means of non secular intolerance. presently after the capital moved from Philadelphia in 1800, Catholics held the crucial positions within the urban executive and have been additionally significant landowners, estate traders, and bankers. within the decade earlier than the 1844 riots over spiritual schooling erupted in Philadelphia, the municipal govt of Georgetown gave public cash for a Catholic institution and Congress granted land in Washington for a Catholic orphanage.
The booklet closes with a amazing account of the way the Washington neighborhood, Protestants and Catholics alike, withstood the centred efforts of the virulently anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic American nativists and the Know-Nothing get together within the final twenty years prior to the Civil War.
This chronicle of Washington's Catholic group and its significant contributions to the expansion of the nations's capital might be of price for everybody attracted to the historical past of Washington, D.C., Catholic historical past, and the background of spiritual toleration in the US.
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