Across God's Frontiers Paperback

Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920

by Anne M. Butler;

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Across God's Frontiers

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Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the American West as providers of social services, education, and medical assistance. In "Across God's Frontiers," Anne M. Butler traces the ways in which sisters challenged and reconfigured contemporary ideas about women, work, religion, and the West; moreover, she demonstrates how religious life became a vehicle for increasing women's agency and power. Moving to the West introduced significant changes for these women, including public employment and thoroughly unconventional monastic lives. As nuns and sisters adjusted to new circumstances and immersed themselves in rugged environments, Butler argues, the West shaped them; and through their labors and charities, the sisters in turn shaped the West. These female religious pioneers built institutions, brokered relationships between Indigenous peoples and encroaching settlers, and undertook varied occupations, often without organized funding or direct support from the church hierarchy. A comprehensive history of Roman Catholic nuns and sisters in the American West, "Across God's Frontiers" reveals Catholic sisters as dynamic and creative architects of civic and religious institutions in western communities.

Across God's Frontiers by Anne M. Butler was published by The University of North Carolina Press in February 2015. The ISBN for Across God's Frontiers is 9781469622057.

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Details for Across God's Frontiers

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (February 2015)
Number of Pages448
Thickness28 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4317470
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