Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing, 1956. First edition. Large octavo, original oatmeal cloth, original dust jacket. Mild soiling to cloth boards, minor creasing to top edges of clipped bright, clean dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #227
"A GROWING INTEREST IN THE PART THAT THE CHURCH HAS PLAYED IN AMERICAN HISTORY" First edition of this fascinating anthology, collecting 163 pivotal texts illustrating the history of the Catholic Church in America. Edited by John Tracy Ellis of Catholic University, the book is grouped into four time periods: The Spanish Colonies, The French Colonies, The English Colonies, and The National Period. Each text, from Pope Alexander VI's Bull "Inter caetera" (May 4, 1493) to Pope Pius XII's Encyclical "Sertum laetitiae" on the Sesquicentennial of the American Hierarchy (November 1, 1939), is introduced by a brief editorial note. With Tracy's Preface, dated "Washington, D. C. August 15, 1955." Approbations.