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Religious Lessons: Catholic Sisters and the Captured Schools Crisis in New Mexico

Kathleen Holscher


This book tells the story of Zellers v. Huff, a lawsuit that challenged the employment of nearly 150 Catholic religious in public schools across New Mexico in 1948. The “Dixon case” was the most famous in a series of mid-century suits targeting what opponents dubbed “captive schools.” Spearheaded by Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the publicity campaign built around Zellers drew on centuries-old rhetoric of Catholic captivity to remind Americans about the threat of Catholic power in the post-War era, and the danger sisters dressed in Catholic habits p ... More

Keywords: church–state separation, American Catholicism, sisters, Zellers v. Huff, religious garb, Catholic power, public education, Catholic habit, American religion, Dixon case

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199781737
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Holscher, author
Villanova University