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By William P. Leahy

Professor Leahy recounts the educational tensions among spiritual ideals and highbrow inquiry, and discover the social alterations that experience affected better schooling and American Catholicism all through this century. He makes an attempt to give an explanation for why the numerous development of Catholic faculties and universities used to be now not continuously matched via concomitant educational esteem within the better international of yankee greater schooling.

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American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic Community in the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1981), 187; "Report on the Attendance at Catholic Colleges and Universities in the United States," Catholic Educational Association Bulletin 12 (August 1916): 7; and The Official Catholic Directory, 1989. 2. For observations on the influence of Jesuit higher education in America, see Philip Gleason, "American Catholic Higher Education: A Historical Perspective," in The Shape of Catholic Higher Education, ed.

Page xiv I also want to thank three professors of history at Stanford. Alexander Dallin and David Tyack carefully evaluated my manuscript, making valuable suggestions about argument and content. I owe a special debt to Professor David M. Kennedy. While completing this study, I especially benefited from his patience, high standards, and broad intellectual perspectives. During my years at Stanford, he taught me in countless ways what it means to be a professional historian today. Finally, I am especially grateful to Father John Breslin and Eleanor Waters of Georgetown University Press for their generous and invaluable assistance with my manuscript.

Catholics, like most immigrants, started at the bottom of the occupational ladder. 10 Catholics also sought collegiate training in increasing numbers by the last decades of the nineteenth century, another indication of their improving social and economic circumstances. At least thirty-three Catholics studied at Harvard in 1881, 300 in 1894, nearly 400 (about 12% of the total enrollment) in 1904, and 480 in 1907. Princeton had two Catholic freshmen in 1877 and five in 1889; and by the mid-1920s, about 7% of first-year students at Princeton belonged to the Catholic Church.

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