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In 1790, two events marked important points in the development of two young American institutions -- Congress decided that the new nation's seat of government would be on the banks of the Potomac, and John Carroll of Maryland was consecrated as America's first Catholic bishop. This coincidence of events signalled the unexpectedly important role that Maryland's Catholics, many of them by then fifth- and sixth-generation Americans, were to play in the growth and early government of the national capital. In this book, William W. Warner explores how Maryland's Catholics drew upon their long-standing traditions -- advocacy of separation of church and state, a sense of civic duty, and a determination "to live at peace with all their neighbors," in Bishop Carroll's phrase -- to take a leading role in the early government, financing, and building of the new capital.
Beginning with brief histories of the area's first Catholic churches and the establishment of Georgetown College, " At Peace with All Their Neighbors" explains the many reasons behind the Protestant majority's acceptance of Catholicism in the national capital in an age often marked by religious intolerance. Shortly after the capital moved from Philadelphia in 1800, Catholics held the principal positions in the city government and were also major landowners, property investors, and bankers. In the decade before the 1844 riots over religious education erupted in Philadelphia, the municipal government of Georgetown gave public funds for a Catholic school and Congress granted land in Washington for a Catholic orphanage.
The book closes with a remarkable account of how the Washington community, Protestants and Catholics alike, withstood the concentrated efforts of the virulently anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic American nativists and the Know-Nothing Party in the last two decades before the Civil War.
This chronicle of Washington's Catholic community and its major contributions to the growth of the nations's capital will be of value for everyone interested in the history of Washington, D.C., Catholic history, and the history of religious toleration in America.
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Library Journal - 11/15/1994
Library Journal - 10/15/1994 page 71
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Studio: Georgetown University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.09" Width: 7.1" Height: 1" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1994
Publisher Georgetown University Press
ISBN 0878405577 ISBN13 9780878405572
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More About William W. Warner
William W. Warner is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1976; reissued by Little Brown, 1994) and Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlantic Fisherman (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1983) which was nominated as a distinguished work of non-fiction by the National Book Critics Circle. He formerly was assistant secretary for public service at the Smithsonian Institution.
William W. Warner currently resides in the state of Washington.
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Catholic Heritage in My Hometown Feb 9, 2010
As a proud D.C. native with 12 years of Catholic school education, I thought I knew alot about the Catholic role in Washington, D.C.'s history. However, William Warner's book carefully lays out the historical background of Catholicism in colonial America and how it led to the full participation of Catholics in the early days of our Nation's Capitol. He has included many stories, large and small, about the early Catholic leaders of the city's government, from mayors to aldermen to the Church leaders who worked with them to help build the new Capital City. This is a fascinasting and elightening account of early Washington, D.C.