American Catholic History Bibliography

If you are beginning your study of the Society of Jesus, or American Catholic history, we have complied a short bibliography to help get you started.

Appleby, R. Scott, Patricia Byrne, and William Portier, eds.  Creative Fidelity: American Catholic Intellectual Traditions. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2004.

Bangert, William V.  A History of the Society of Jesus.  2nd ed.  St. Louis: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1986.

Barth, Gunther.  City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Bellah, Robert N. et al.  Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life. 2nd ed.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996.

Braude, Ann.  Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America. 2nd ed.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.

Buckley, Michael J. The Catholic University as Promise and Project: Reflections in a Jesuit Idiom.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1998.

Calhoun, Charles W., ed.  The Gilded Age: Essays on the Origins of Modern America. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996.

Davis, Cyprian.  The History of Black Catholics in the United States.  New York: Crossroad, 1990.

Dolan, Jay P.  The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.

Dolan, Jay P.  In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion and Culture in Tension.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Dries, Angelyn.  The Missionary Movement in American Catholic History.  Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1998.

Ellis, John T.  American Catholicism.  2nd ed.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969.

Ellis, John T.  American Catholics and the Intellectual Life.  Chicago: The Heritage Foundation, 1956.

Ellis, John  T., ed.  The Catholic Priest in the United States: Historical Investigations. Collegeville, MN: Saint John’s University Press.

Ellis, John T., ed.  Documents of American Catholic History.  Milwaukee, WS: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1962.

Ellis, John T.  The Life of James Cardinal Gibbons: Archbishop of Baltimore, 1834-1921. Milwaukee, WS: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1952.

Fitzgerald, Paul A.  The Governance of Jesuit Colleges in the United States: 1920-1970.  Notre Dame, IN: The University of Notre Dame Press, 1984.

Gallin, Alice, ed.  American Catholic Higher Education: Essential Documents, 1967-1990. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.

Garraghan, Gilbert J.  The Jesuits of the Middle United States.  New York: America Press, 1938.

Gleason, Philip.  Contending with Modernity: Catholic Higher Education in the Twentieth Century.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Gleason, Philip.  Keeping the Faith: American Catholicism Past and Present.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1987.

Handy, Robert T.  A History of Union Theological Seminary in New York. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987.

Hennesey, James.  American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic Community in the United States.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Hofstadter, Richard.  Social Darwinism in American Thought.  Boston: Beacon Press, 1955.

Howells, William D.  The Rise of Silas Lapham.  1884.  Reprint, with and introduction by John Crowley, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Jenkins, Philip.  Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Lane, Belden C.  Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality. 2nd ed.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Lucas, Thomas M.  Spirit, Style, Story: Essays Honoring John W. Padberg.  Chicago: Loyola University Press, 2002.

Marsden, George M.  Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism: 1870-1925.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Marsden, George M.  Religion and American Culture.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Marsden, George M., and Bradley J. Longfield, ed.  The Secularization of the Academy.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Marsden, George P.  The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

McDannell, Colleen.  Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Moynihan, James J.  The Life of Archbishop John Ireland.  New York: Harper & Brothers, 1953.

Norris, Frank.  The Octopus: A Story of California.  1901.  Reprint, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1956.

O’Connell, Marvin R.  John Ireland and the American Catholic Church.  St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1988.

Pelotte, Donald E.  John Courtney Murray: Theologian in Conflict.  New York: Paulist Press, 1976.

Raboteau, Albert J.  A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Riis, Jacob A.  How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.  1890. Reprint, with an introduction by David Leviatin, Boston: Bedford, 1996.

Wacker, Grant.  Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.