Written by one of the foremost historians of American Catholicism, this book presents a comprehensive history of the Roman Catholic Church in America from colonial times to the present. Hennesey examines, in particular, minority Catholics and developments in the western part of the United States, a region often overlooked in religious histories.
"Still the best single volume introduction to American Catholicism."--Rodger Payne, LSU
"His narrative has both coherence and richness...especially with regard to such minority groups as native Americans, Latins, and blacks."--Theology Digest
"Will remain a definitive study for years to come....Required reading for all students interested in American Church history."--Religious Resources