By William W. Warner
In 1790, occasions marked small print within the improvement of 2 younger American institutions―Congress determined that the hot nation's seat of presidency will be at the banks of the Potomac, and John Carroll of Maryland used to be consecrated as America's first Catholic bishop. This accident of occasions signalled the by surprise very important position that Maryland's Catholics, a lot of them via then 5th- and sixth-generation americans, have been to play within the development and early govt of the nationwide capital. during this ebook, William W. Warner explores how Maryland's Catholics drew upon their long-standing traditions―advocacy of separation of church and nation, a feeling of civic accountability, and a choice "to stay at peace with all their neighbors," in Bishop Carroll's phrase―to take a number one function within the early executive, financing, and construction of the hot capital.
Beginning with short histories of the area's first Catholic church buildings and the institution of Georgetown College, At Peace with All Their Neighbors explains the numerous purposes in the back of the Protestant majority's popularity of Catholicism within the nationwide capital in an age usually marked by means of non secular intolerance. almost immediately after the capital moved from Philadelphia in 1800, Catholics held the relevant positions within the urban executive and have been additionally significant landowners, estate traders, and bankers. within the decade earlier than the 1844 riots over non secular schooling erupted in Philadelphia, the municipal govt of Georgetown gave public money for a Catholic tuition and Congress granted land in Washington for a Catholic orphanage.
The booklet closes with a amazing account of the way the Washington group, Protestants and Catholics alike, withstood the focused efforts of the virulently anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic American nativists and the Know-Nothing celebration within the final 20 years sooner than the Civil War.
This chronicle of Washington's Catholic neighborhood and its significant contributions to the expansion of the nations's capital should be of worth for everybody drawn to the heritage of Washington, D.C., Catholic heritage, and the heritage of spiritual toleration in the United States.