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Boy’s Rebellion Helped Shape Public Debates


Contact: Michele Snipe (212) 636-7013 [email protected] NEW YORK: Church historian John T. McGreevy, Ph.D., will present a lecture titled “The Eliot School Rebellion, Boston, 1859: Education, Slavery and the Nineteenth-Century Catholic Revival,” on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Flom auditorium of the William D. Walsh Family Library, Rose Hill. The lecture will focus on the Eliot School Rebellion, a controversy that erupted in Boston in 1859 when a Catholic schoolboy refused to recite the King James (or Protestant) version of the Ten Commandments. The controversy sheds light on why Catholics and their opponents took different sides in the 1850s on issues such as the role of religion in public education and immediate slave emancipation.

McGreevy is the O’Brien Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North and Catholicism (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and American Freedom: A History (W. W. Norton, 2003). This lecture, sponsored by the Center for American Catholic Studies, is the first Dolores and Armand Massa Lecture for 2002-2003. The center is interdisciplinary and provides programs dedicated to ecumenical engagement between Catholics and people from other faith traditions. TIME: 6 P.M. DATE: OCT. 10 PLACE: FLOM AUDITORIUM WILLIAM D. WALSH FAMILY LIBRARY 441 E. FORDHAM ROAD, BRONX, NY


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