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1513–1900 - Florida Scholarship Online
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A History of the Catholic Church in the American South, 1513–1900

James M. Woods


No Christian denomination has had a longer or more varied existence in the American South than the Catholic Church. The Spanish missions established in Florida and Texas promoted Catholicism. Catholicism was the dominant religion among the French who settled in Louisiana. Prior to the influx of Irish immigrants in the 1840s, most American Catholics lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. Anti-Catholic prejudice was never as strong in the South as in the North or Midwest and was rare in the region before the twentieth century. This sweeping history stretches from the first European settlement of t ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, South, Catholic Church, Spanish missions, Mason-Dixon line, prejudice, colonial era, Republic, faith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035321
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James M. Woods, author
Georgia Southern University