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Varieties of Catholic Racial Experiences

By Karen Johnson. How have Catholics, especially black Catholics in the North, navigated race in twentieth century America?  Today I want to explore this question using three new books: Tim Neary's Crossing Parish Boundaries, Matt Cressler's Authentically Black and Truly Catholic, and my own One in Christ: Chicago Catholics and the Quest for Interracial Justice.Throughout the twentieth century, racial and religious geographies were key contexts for how Catholics experienced race.  The migration of African Americans from the rural South to northern cities coupled with post-World War II suburbanization framed their experiences in profound ways.

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