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America's Church: The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Catholic Presence in the Nation's Capital

Thomas A. Tweed


The National Shrine in Washington, D.C., has been deeply loved, blithely ignored, and passionately criticized. It has been praised as a “dazzling jewel” and dismissed as a “towering Byzantine beach ball.” This book shows that the Shrine is also an illuminating site from which to tell the story of 20th-century Catholicism. It organizes the narrative around six themes that characterize U.S. Catholicism, and ties these themes to the Shrine's material culture—to images, artifacts, or devotional spaces. Thus, the book begins with the Basilica's foundation stone, weaving it into a discussion of “bri ... More

Keywords: National Shrine, Washington, Catholicism, material culture, images, artifacts, devotional spaces, Our Lady of Antipolo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas A. Tweed, author
University of Texas, Austin
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