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Irish vs. YankeesA Social History of the Boston Schools$
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James W. Sanders

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190681579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190681579.001.0001

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Catholic Schools Triumphant? 1907–1944

Catholic Schools Triumphant? 1907–1944

(p.125) 5 Catholic Schools Triumphant? 1907–1944
Irish vs. Yankees

James W. Sanders

Oxford University Press

In 1907, William Henry O’Connell, the Massachusetts-born son of Irish immigrants, was appointed bishop. He had huge churchly ambition and won designation as Cardinal Archbishop of Boston. However, his attempts to develop a complete parochial school system in the city met with limited success. This chapter explores the reasons for the discrepancy between O’Connell’s rhetoric and the reality. The major factors are the Irish community’s lack of a tradition of attending parochial schools, the small numbers of Catholics in Boston from ethnic groups that did support public schools, and the fact that most Boston Catholic parents and parish priests had always attended the public schools and emerged with their faith intact.

Keywords:   parochial schools, Catholic, public schools, William Henry O’Connell, Boston, Irish

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