Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860

Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860

by Diane Batts Morrow


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Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860

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ISBN-13: 9780807854013
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/09/2002
Edition description: 1
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,112,261
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Diane Batts Morrow is associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Charter Members of the Oblate Sisters Chapter 2. James Hector Joubert's a Kind of Religious Society Chapter 3. The Respect Which Is Due to the State We Have Embraced: The Development of Oblate Community Life and Group Identity Chapter 4. Our Convent: The Oblate Sisters and the Baltimore Black Community Chapter 5. The Coloured Oblates (Mr. Joubert's): The Oblate Sisters and the Institutional Church Chapter 6. The Coloured Sisters: The Oblate Sisters and the Baltimore White Community Chapter 7. Everything Seemed to Be Progressing: The Oblate Sisters and the End of an Era, 1840-1843
Chapter 8. Of the Sorrow and Deep Distress of the Sisters . . . We Draw a Veil: The Oblate Sisters in the Crucible, 1844-1847
Chapter 9. Happy Daughters of Divine Providence: The Maturation of the Oblate Community, 1847-1860
Chapter 10. Our Beloved Church: The Oblate Sisters and the Black Community, 1847-1860
Chapter 11. The Oblates Do Well Here, Although I Presume Their Acquirements Are Limited: The Oblate Sisters and the White Community, 1847-1860
Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time is the latest, most rigorous, and most enlightening account of the Oblate sisterhood.—Journal of the Early Republic

Well-written and based on prodigious research, [this book] undoubtedly enhances our general understanding of the antebellum United States. . . . Morrow's interpretation of race, religion and gender in the Oblate community will challenge historians of U.S. Catholicism who do not attend to race, scholars of African-American religion who ignore Catholics, and historians of American women who refuse to see religious identity as a pathway to female agency.—American Catholic Studies

By blending antebellum, religious, African-American, and women's history, Morrow uncovers and analyzes critical aspects of the relationships among the sisters, the Catholic Church, and black and white antebellum society.— American Catholic Studies Newsletter

Meticulous and inspiring scholarship. . . . The greatest contribution of Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time is its sustained attention to race in the prisms of American Catholicism and women's religious life in the antebellum period.—Religious Studies Review

A valuable contribution to African American, American Catholic, and women's history.—Journal of American History

Morrow's contextually sensitive recovery of the emergence of this distinctive black Catholic institution is a valuable contribution to antebellum religious history.—Journal of Southern History

A fascinating story about the ways religious identity informs identities of race, gender, and ethnicity and a significant contribution to African American religious history. Diane Batts Morrow's study of the Oblate Sisters reveals in this unique group of free women of mixed African and French heritage a sisterhood in the Roman Catholic Church, an educational mission to Baltimore's black community, and a voice of resistance to American racism during the era of slavery.—Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University

In this elegantly written history of the first permanent African American Roman Catholic religious order, Diane Batts Morrow successfully weaves themes drawn from religious, racial, and gender history.—Journal of American Studies

Diane Batts Morrow's Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860 brings forth potent memories for me. The Oblate Sisters were my first formal educators. They did what all educators should do, that is, convey the knowledge of wide-ranging possibilities and, more importantly, give a stamp of self-value for every single student.—Camille O. Cosby

The most significant contribution Morrow makes to American Catholic Studies is her lucid analysis of race and religion in antebellum America. . . . If Morrow's prodigious research into the community and her ability to contextualize the Oblate experience make reading [this book] an extraordinarily worthwhile scholarly undertaking, her mastery of the English language makes the experience truly a pleasure.—American Catholic Studies Newsletter


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