Rhetorical Campaigns of the 19th Century Anti-Catholics and Catholics in America (Studies in American Religion No. 71)

Rhetorical Campaigns of the 19th Century Anti-Catholics and Catholics in America (Studies in American Religion No. 71)

By: Jody M. Roy (author), James R. Andrews (preface_author)Hardback

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This study explores answers to the following questions: how did anti-Catholic rhetors make the alleged threat of Catholic conspiracy against American liberty so persuasive that it could sustain active movement from the 1830s-1850s?; and how did Catholic leaders construct and justify their response strategies and what did those strategies tell Catholics, and all-America, that it meant to be a Catholic American?


Narratives of disclosure and the foundations of anti-Catholic ideology - Maria Monk and the "awful disclosure", believability in narratives of disclosure, ideological assumptions and the polarization of good and evil, revivalism, Jacksonian democracy, Victorian morality; exposing the Papal plot - the rhetorical development of a conspiracy theory - rise of anti-Catholic organizations, shift to politically focused discourse, Samuel F.B. Morse and the conspiracy theory, the influence of "foreign conspiracy"; the rhetoric of the "know nothings" - organized anti-catholicism and electoral politics -development of anti-Catholic political parties, persistence of conspiracy logic in anti-Catholic electoral rhetoric, moderation strategies in anti-Catholic party discourse, mild reforms in the face of a monstrous plot; turning the other cheek - the American Catholic hierarchy responds to anti-Catholicism - passive response advocated in the pastoral letters, Kerygmaic form of the pastoral letters, confirming the fears of anti-Catholics; confronting the anti-Catholics - the rhetoric of John Hughes, Archbishop of New York - life of John Hughes, addressing Catholics on the problem of anti-Catholicism, rhetoric of polite refutation, Hughes' confrontational rhetoric; "all depends on ourselves" - the assimilationist rhetoric of Orestes A. Brownson - life of Orestes A. Brownson, Brownson's redefinition of "American", Brownson's critique of the opponents of assimilation, Brownson's vision - a "Catholic America".

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  • ISBN13: 9780773479081
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
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  • ISBN10: 0773479082

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