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Across God's frontiers : Catholic sisters in the American West, 1850-1920 / Anne M. Butler.

By: Butler, Anne M, 1938-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 424 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781469601618; 1469601613; 9780807837542; 0807837547.Subject(s): Nuns -- United States -- West -- History | Monasticism and religious orders for women -- United States -- West -- History | Monastic and religious life of women -- United States -- West -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Across God's frontiers.DDC classification: 271/.90078 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Nuns for the West -- Travels -- The labor -- The finances -- Contests for control -- A woman for the West: Mother Katharine Drexel -- Ethnic intersections -- Nuns of the West.
Summary: Roman Catholic sisters first travelled to the American West as providers of social services, education, and medical assistance. Butler traces the ways in which sisters challenged and reconfigured contemporary ideas about women, work, religion, and the West; moreover, she demonstrates how religious life became a vehicle for increasing women's agency and power. Moving to the West introduced significant changes for these women, including public employment and thoroughly unconventional monastic lives.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Nuns for the West -- Travels -- The labor -- The finances -- Contests for control -- A woman for the West: Mother Katharine Drexel -- Ethnic intersections -- Nuns of the West.

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Roman Catholic sisters first travelled to the American West as providers of social services, education, and medical assistance. Butler traces the ways in which sisters challenged and reconfigured contemporary ideas about women, work, religion, and the West; moreover, she demonstrates how religious life became a vehicle for increasing women's agency and power. Moving to the West introduced significant changes for these women, including public employment and thoroughly unconventional monastic lives.

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By combing individual archives of the Roman Catholic nuns and religious sisters who labored in the western US beginning in the mid-19th century, Butler (emer., Utah State Univ.) has found and shared their remarkable and generally hidden stories. The sisters faced formidable barriers. Many did not know English because they came directly from congregations overseas in France, Germany, and Austria, as well as Ireland. As single women responsible for their own sustenance, they faced personal poverty with little support from the male Catholic hierarchy in the US. Yet they set up schools and hospitals by themselves, even ministering to soldiers during the Civil War, identified only by their habits. In order to strengthen their finances, the sisters made contracts with railroad companies to administer health care services for workers. Because many reservation Indians and Hispanic communities were already Catholic, the sisters found acceptance for their schools and medical services across the West. The author includes a chapter on Mother Katharine Drexel, who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People and was canonized in 2000. An excellent addition to the complex history of women in the US West. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. P. W. Kaufman University of Southern Maine

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