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Roads to Rome: The Antebellum Protestant Encounter with Catholicism Jenny Franchot

Roads to Rome: The Antebellum Protestant Encounter with Catholicism

Jenny Franchot

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ISBN : 9780520086067
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500 pages
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The mixture of hostility and fascination with which native-born Protestants viewed the foreign practices of the immigrant church is the focus of Jenny Franchots cultural, literary, and religious history of Protestant attitudes toward RomanMoreThe mixture of hostility and fascination with which native-born Protestants viewed the foreign practices of the immigrant church is the focus of Jenny Franchots cultural, literary, and religious history of Protestant attitudes toward Roman Catholicism in nineteenth-century America.Franchot analyzes the effects of religious attitudes on historical ideas about Americas origins and destiny. She then focuses on the popular tales of convent incarceration, with their Protestant maidens and lecherous, tyrannical Church superiors. Religious captivity narratives, like those of Indian captivity, were part of the ethnically, theologically, and sexually charged discourse of Protestant nativism.Discussions of Stowe, Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Lowell—writers who sympathized with Romanism and used its imaginative properties in their fiction—further demonstrate the profound influence of religious forces on American national character.