Patriotism and Fraternalism in the Knights of Columbus

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Patriotism and Fraternalism in the Knights of Columbus

A History of the Fourth Degree

A comprehensive account of how the anti-Catholicism of the early 20th century was vigorously countered by the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus.

In this study, Christopher Kauffman describes the widespread attack upon Catholics' loyalty to the nation, and the Catholic patriotism that arose in response to it. In answer to organizations that omitted the Catholic presence from the history of the United States and portrayed the Knights of Columbus in the vanguard of "Vatican Imperialism," the Fourth Degree was founded to assert a distinctively Catholic historical memory.

Reviews and endorsements

"A fascinating study of the most powerful Catholic Fraternal organization in the United States. The Knights of Columbus represent an important but often overlooked chapter in the history of American Catholicism. No one knows their history better than Chris Kauffman."
Jay P. Dolan, professor of history, University of Notre Dame

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"In his new centenary history of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Christopher Kauffman has turned institutional history into an engaging study of Catholic culture. Kauffman’s established skill allows readers to see the Knights in context and to make an educated judgment about their contributions."
Elizabeth McKeown, professor of theology, Georgetown University

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"Christopher Kauffman’s valuable study of the Knights of Columbus is a work indispensable for understanding modern American patriotism. It demonstrates clearly that the concept was highly malleable and that there were many ways of expressing loyalty to the nation."
John Bodnar, Chancellors’ Professor and chair of the department of history, Indiana University

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"A masterful blend of social and institutional history—along with being an excellent ‘read'—Patriotism and Fraternalism offers a compelling sequel to Kauffman’s fine work, Faith and Fraternalism. This lively history of the Knights of Columbus’ ‘Fourth Degree’ elegantly weaves cultural and ritual theory into the rollicking story of American Catholicism’s most vocal corporate defenders against anti-Catholic prejudice. A ‘must-read’ for students of American Catholic history and culture."
Mark S. Massa, S.J., professor of theology and director of the American studies program, Fordham University

9780824518851
Paperback / 208 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9
HERDER & HERDER, 2001