A well-illustrated cultural history of the apparel worn by American Catholics, Sally Dwyer-McNulty's Common Threads reveals the transnational origins and homegrown significance of clothing in developing identity, unity, and a sense of respectability for a major religious group that had long struggled for its footing in a Protestant-dominated society often openly hostile to Catholics. Focusing on those who wore the most visually distinct clothes--priests, women religious, and schoolchildren--Dwyer-McNulty tracks and analyzes changes in Catholic clothing all the way through the twentieth century and into the present, which finds the new Pope Francis choosing to wear plain black shoes rather than ornate red ones.
Cover Contents Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION. The Origins and Significance of Catholic Clothing in America 1 The Clothes Make the Man: Clerical and Liturgical Garmenture, 1830s-1930s 2 Women Religious on American Soil: Adaptation or Authority in Nineteenth-Century America 3 School Uniforms: A New Look for Catholic Girls 4 Outfitting the Mystical Body of Christ: Apparel and Activism 5 Tearing at the Seams: The Clothes No Longer Fit EPILOGUE. Beyond the 1970s Notes References Index A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W.
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