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Shamrocks against sheets.(Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan)(Book Review)

Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan By Todd Tucker Loyola Press, 261 pages, $24.95

Notre Dame university occupies a unique place in the American Catholic mind. It was founded at a time when many questioned whether there was such a thing as an American Catholic--that is, whether the masses of Catholic immigrants would ever become real Americans.

In Notre Dame vs. the Klan, Notre Dame alum Todd Tucker examines Catholic Americanism at a particularly important historical moment--the early part of the last century, when Catholics themselves were divided over how much to assimilate. Many opposed U.S. involvement in World War I because they didn't want to help the British--the source of Catholic oppression in Ireland. …

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