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Bibliography of Catholicism and African-Americans

These books are relevant to the history of black Catholics and the history of American Catholicism and race.


Copeland, Mosely, and Raboteau, eds., Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience

C. Davis, The History of Black Catholics in the United States

C. Davis and J. Phelps (eds.), Stamped With the Image of God: African Americans As God's Image in Black


Histories of black Catholics in specific cities

R.B. Anderson, Black, White, And Catholic: New Orleans Interracialism, 1947-1956

D. Blatnica, 'At the Altar of Their God; African American Catholics in Cleveland, 1922-1961 

L. Butler and J. Wilson, O Write My Name: African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington, 1634-1990

M. Caravaglios, Maria, The American Catholic Church and the Negro Problem in the XVIII-XIX

D.D. Collum, Black And Catholic in the Jim Crow South: The Stuff That Makes Community [Natchez, MS]

M.B. Deggs, No Cross, No Crown: Black Nuns in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans  

M. MacGregor, The Emergence of a Black Catholic Community: St. Augustine's in Washington 

V.J. Meyer, This far by faith: The history of Black Catholics in Phoenix, Arizona, 1868-2003  

M. Ward, A Mission for Justice: The History of the First African American Catholic Church in Newark, New Jersey  



G.B. Agee, A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism, 1854-1933

A.M. Detiege, Henriette DeLille, Free Woman of Color 

C. Hemesath, From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton

A. Jones, Pierre Toussaint: A Biography

D. Southern, John Lafarge and the Limits of Catholic Interracialism 1911-1963

C. Thomas, My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir


Other topics

A.S. Foley, God's men of color;: The colored Catholic priests of the United States, 1854-1954 

J. McGreevy, Parish Boundaries : The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North

E. McMahon, What Parish Are You From?: A Chicago Irish Community and Race Relations 

B. Misner, “Highly Respectable and Accomplished Ladies”: Catholic Women Religious in
America 1790-1850

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

T. Murphy, Jesuit Slaveholding in Maryland, 1717-1838  

S. Ochs, Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests, 1871-1960 

K. Zanca (ed.), American Catholics and Slavery, 1789-1866