For Both Cross and Flag Hardback

Catholic Action, Anti-Catholicism, and National Security Politics in World War II San Francisco

by William Issel;

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For Both Cross and Flag

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In this fascinating, detailed history, William Issel recounts the civil right abuses suffered by Sylvester Andriano, an Italian American Catholic civil leader whose religious and political activism in San Francisco provoked an Anti-Catholic campaign against him. A leading figure in the Catholic Action movement, Andriano was falsely accused in state and federal Un-American Activities Committee hearings of having Fascist sympathies prior to and during World War II. As his ordeal began, Andriano was subjected to a hostile investigation by the FBI, whose confidential informants were his political rivals. Furthermore, the U.S. Army ordered him to be relocated on the grounds that he was a security risk. "For Both Cross and Flag" provides a dramatic illustration of what can happen when parties to urban political rivalries, rooted in religious and ideological differences, seize the opportunity provided by a wartime national security emergency to demonize their enemy as 'a potentially dangerous person.' Issel presents a cast of characters that includes archbishops, radicals, the Kremlin, J.Edgar Hoover, and more to examine the significant role faith-based political activism played in the political culture that violated Andriano's constitutional rights. Exploring the ramifications of this story, "For Both Cross and Flag" presents interesting implications for contemporary events and issues relating to urban politics, ethnic groups, and religion in a time of war.

For Both Cross and Flag by William Issel was published by Temple University Press,U.S. in December 2009. The ISBN for For Both Cross and Flag is 9781439900284.

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Details for For Both Cross and Flag

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTemple University Press,U.S. (December 2009)
Number of Pages216
Thickness23 mm
Height213 mm
Width145 mm
Product Code2434336
Page last updated 17th May 2018
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