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The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: Republican Catholicism and Irish Catholic Apologetics

The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: Republican Catholicism and Irish Catholic Apologetics <p>abstract:</p><p>This article analyzes the development of a distinctly American Catholic identity among Philadelphia&apos;s Catholics in the wake of the 1844 Philadelphia riots. It offers a critique of historians&apos; theses that by the nineteenth century a largely immigrant Catholic population had rejected the Revolutionary-era synthesis between republicanism and Catholicism. The ideological battle following the riots reveals the ways in which Philadelphia&apos;s Catholics challenged their nativist opponents by utilizing republican rhetoric. Catholics&apos; republicanism was much more liberal than nativists&apos; classical republicanism; as such, they emphasized the protection of minority rights and the separation of church and state.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Penn State University Press

The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: Republican Catholicism and Irish Catholic Apologetics

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Penn State University Press
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2153-2109

Abstract

<p>abstract:</p><p>This article analyzes the development of a distinctly American Catholic identity among Philadelphia&apos;s Catholics in the wake of the 1844 Philadelphia riots. It offers a critique of historians&apos; theses that by the nineteenth century a largely immigrant Catholic population had rejected the Revolutionary-era synthesis between republicanism and Catholicism. The ideological battle following the riots reveals the ways in which Philadelphia&apos;s Catholics challenged their nativist opponents by utilizing republican rhetoric. Catholics&apos; republicanism was much more liberal than nativists&apos; classical republicanism; as such, they emphasized the protection of minority rights and the separation of church and state.</p>

Journal

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Jan 26, 2019

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