Catholics in America
This paper discusses the atrocious behavior toward Catholic immigrants in America from 1865 to 1895.
# 58840 | 1,300 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on May 23, 2005 in Ethnic Studies (North American) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , History (U.S. Setting up the Infrastructure 1865-1900) , Hot Topics (Immigration)
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This paper explains that the majority of immigrants before and during the Civil War (1861 to 1865), mostly poor and uneducated Catholics, having suffered terribly from discrimination and bigotry in their countries of origin, faced again in the United States extreme prejudice, bigotry, and religious discrimination, which highly affected their overall social, political, and economic lives. The author states that, in the U.S., anti-Catholic bigotry rose with the increased immigration because the English-speaking Protestant majority was afraid that the Catholics would take their jobs. The paper relates that the Catholic Church responded to the crucial needs of immigrant Catholics by creating social reform and support organizations. Mother Frances Cabrini, an Italian immigrant, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to teach Italians in the parochial schools, to care for the thousands of homeless children who lived in the streets because of the deaths of their parents, and to place nurses in hospitals.
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