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The Religious History of American WomenReimagining the Past$
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Catherine A. Brekus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831021

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867990_brekus

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Hail Mary Down by the Riverside Black and White Catholic Women in Early America

Hail Mary Down by the Riverside Black and White Catholic Women in Early America

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The Religious History of American Women

Emily Clark

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Catholicism in Louisiana, the colonial capital of New Orleans, and the actors who figured prominently in its development. It begins by focusing on Catholic women, particularly the Ursuline nuns. The chapter then turns to Afro-Catholics as a group, paying attention to the role of laywomen of African descent in the emergence of an Afro-Catholic community. From among this larger group, it looks at Felicité Girodeau and Henriette Delille, two free women of color who played key roles in building the Catholic Church in the Lower Mississippi Valley, especially Afro-Catholicism, in the antebellum period.

Keywords:   women, Catholicism, Louisiana, New Orleans, Ursuline nuns, Felicité Girodeau, Henriette Delille, Catholic Church, Lower Mississippi Valley, Afro-Catholicism

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