Title: SISTERS: CATHOLIC NUNS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA,
Nuns were the first feminists. They became the nation's first cadre of independent professional women. Some nursed, some taught, and many created and managed new charitable organizations, including large hospitals and colleges. In the 1800s nuns moved west with the frontier, often starting the first hospitals and schools in immigrant communities. In the 1900s they built the nation's largest private school and hospital systems and brought the Catholic Church into the civil rights movement. Currently there are about 75,000 sisters in America, down from 204,000 in 1968. Their medium age is sixty-nine. This book by John J. Glaka reveals the strength of the spiritual capital and the unprecedented reach of the caring institutions that religious women created in America.
Media ID: 31714
Length: 3356 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult