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Papist Patriots: The Making of an American Catholic Identity

Maura Jane Farrelly


Anti-Catholicism was ubiquitous in the rhetoric of the American Revolution. Yet, Maryland’s Catholics supported the independence movement more enthusiastically than their Protestant neighbors. In fact, support for the war may actually have been greater among Catholics in Maryland than it was among Protestants in Massachusetts. Catholics embraced the individualistic, rights-oriented ideology that defined the Revolution, in spite of not just the rhetoric, but also the reality that theirs was a communally oriented denomination that stressed the importance of hierarchy, order, and obligation. Cath ... More

Keywords: Anti-Catholicism, American Revolution, rhetoric, individualistic, rights-oriented, order, hierarchy, obligation, Maryland, papists, patriots

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199757718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maura Jane Farrelly, author
Brandeis University