Made doubly marginal by way of their gender and through their faith, American nuns have infrequently been granted critical scholarly recognition. as a substitute, their lives and achievements were obscured via myths or distorted by way of stereotypes. putting nuns into the mainstream of yankee non secular and women's historical past for the 1st time, Spirited Lives finds their severe effect at the improvement of Catholic tradition and, finally, the development of yankee society.
Focusing at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, one of many greatest and such a lot various American sisterhoods, Carol Coburn and Martha Smith discover how nuns without delay stimulated the lives of hundreds of thousands of american citizens, either Catholic and non-Catholic, via their paintings in colleges, hospitals, orphanages, and different social carrier associations. faraway from functioning as passive handmaidens for Catholic clergy and parishes, nuns created, financed, and administered those associations, suffering from, and now and then resisting, male secular and clerical authority.
A wealthy and multifaceted narrative, Spirited Lives illuminates the intersection of gender, faith, and gear in 19th- and early-twentieth-century America.
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