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Author Newman, Mark (Historian), author

Title Desegregating dixie : the Catholic church in the South and desegregation, 1945-1992 / Mark Newman
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 455 pages)
Contents An overview: Catholics in the South and desegregation, 1945-1970 -- The sociology of religion and Catholic desegregation in the South -- Catholic segregationist thought in the South -- Progressive white Catholics in the South and civil rights -- White Catholics in the South and secular desegregation, 1954-1970 -- Desegregation of southern Catholic institutions, 1945-1970 -- African American Catholics in the South and desegregation, 1945-1970 -- Southern Catholics and desegregation in denominational perspective, 1945-1971 -- An overview: Catholics in the South and desegregation, 1971-1992
Summary "Mark Newman draws on a vast range of archives and many interviews to uncover for the first time the complex response of African American and white Catholics across the South to desegregation. In the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, the southern Catholic Church contributed to segregation by confining Africans Americans to the back of white churches and to black-only schools and churches. However, in the twentieth century, papal adoption and dissemination of the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ, pressure from some black and white Catholics, and secular change brought by the civil rights movement increasingly led the Church to address racial discrimination both inside and outside its walls. Far from monolithic, white Catholics in the South split between a moderate segregationist majority and minorities of hard-line segregationists and progressive racial egalitarians. While some bishops felt no discomfort with segregation, prelates appointed from the late 1940s onward tended to be more supportive of religious and secular change. Some bishops in the peripheral South began desegregation before or in anticipation of secular change while elsewhere, especially in the Deep South, they often tied changes in the Catholic churches to secular desegregation. African American Catholics were diverse and more active in the civil rights movement than has often been assumed. While some black Catholics challenged racism in the Church, many were conflicted about the manner of Catholic desegregation generally imposed by closing valued black institutions. Tracing its impact through the early 1990s, Newman reveals how desegregation shook congregations but seldom brought about genuine integration."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 28, 2018)
Subject Catholic Church -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Segregation -- United States -- Religious aspects.
Catholics -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018016597
ISBN 1496818903 (electronic book)
9781496818904 (electronic book)