Catholic Borderlands: Mapping Catholicism onto American Empire, 1905-1935

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    In 1905 Rev. Francis Clement Kelley founded the Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America. Drawing attention to the common link of religion, Kelley proclaimed the Extension Society’s duty to be that of preventing American Protestant missionaries, public school teachers, and others from separating people from their natural faith, Catholicism. Though domestic evangelization was its founding purpose, the Extension Society eventually expanded beyond the national border into Mexico in an attempt to solidify a hemispheric Catholic identity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLincoln
    PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
    Number of pages293
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8032-7409-9
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8032-4877-9
    Publication statusPublished - 1-Nov-2014


    • Catholicism
    • borderlands
    • U.S.-Mexico relations
    • empire
    • American studies

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