Jason K. Duncan

in Citizens or Papists?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225125
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236930 | DOI:

Series: Hudson Valley Heritage


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This chapter discusses the politics of American Catholics in New York. Despite winning religious freedom as a result of the American Revolution, New York Catholics did not emerge from that crucible as full citizens of the new republic. As they began to make the most of their newly secured religious freedom, Catholics remained on the periphery of New York's political life in the turbulent, formative decade of the 1790s. When New York's political leaders met in convention in 1821 to revise the state's constitution, the question of whether the state could entrust Catholics with full religious liberty had been answered in the affirmative. The Catholic Church in New York, and indeed in the United States, had come through the revolutionary era with its traditional system of authority intact. The influences of republicanism had not transformed it into an independent, democratic church.

Keywords: American Revolution; Republicans; New York; politics; religious freedom

Chapter.  2271 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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