In 1870, three-quarters of the United States lived in rural areas; by 1920, over half the nation lived in cities. How, if at all, did religious communities change their inherited traditions in the midst of new surroundings? This collection considers the experiences of Chicago's Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant communities at the turn of the twentieth century. In doing so, it highlights not only how diverse religious traditions engaged the city differently, but also how the urban encounter yield diverse reactions within the city's faith communities as well.
Christopher D. Cantwell (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Daniel Greene (Newberry Library)