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Through fire and flood : the Catholic Church in frontier Texas, 1838-1900 / James Talmadge Moore.

By: Moore, James T.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University ; no. 42. Publisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1992Edition: 1st ed.Description: 284p. ; 24cm.ISBN: 0890965048.Subject(s): Catholic Church -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Texas -- Church history -- 19th century
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
BX1415.T4 M66 1992 (Browse shelf) Withdrawn Not For Loan 0000000790063

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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The first of a projected two-volume history of the Roman Catholic Church in Texas since independence from Mexico, intended to be a reworking and an extension of Carlos E. Castaneda's Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (1936-58). In the "brick and mortar" tradition of US Catholic historiography, Moore "chronicles" the growth of the prefecture apostolic of Galveston into the three dioceses of Galveston, San Antonio, and Dallas and the vicariate apostolic of Brownsville by the end of the century. Moore utilizes archival as well as published sources to construct a synthesis of the efforts of largely non-Hispanic clergy and religious to build Catholic institutions for a diverse populace undergoing rapid change. Recent trends in the social and cultural analysis of religious history and the history of the American West find little reflection in Moore's account, which is completely but unimaginatively done from the top down and is also, unfortunately, tinged with triumphalism. Only for libraries with strong Texas and/or Catholic collections. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. D.F. Anderson; Northwestern College

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