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The Imperial Church: Catholic Founding Fathers and United States Empire

Katherine D. Moran


Through a fascinating discussion of religion's role in the rhetoric of American civilizing empire, this book undertakes an exploration of how Catholic mission histories served as a useful reference for Americans narrating U.S. settler colonialism on the North American continent and seeking to extend military, political, and cultural power around the world. The book traces historical celebrations of Catholic missionary histories in the upper Midwest, Southern California, and the U.S. colonial Philippines to demonstrate the improbable centrality of the Catholic missions to ostensibly Protestant ... More

Keywords: American civilizing empire, U.S. settler colonialism, American Protestants, Catholic missionaries, Catholic missions, American Catholics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748813
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine D. Moran, author
Saint Louis University