“Let us hear no more ‘nativism’: The Catholic Press in the Mexican and Civil Wars.” Civil War History (March 2014).
This article was based on a seminar paper I wrote for Gary Gallagher during my graduate career at UVA. It tried to look at the Mexican and Civil Wars in a comparative way with a twist: instead of looking at them from a military point of view, it looked at them from a religious one.
It argued that the Mexican War as a dress rehearsal for Catholics hoping to use their service in a military conflict to prove their loyalty to the United States. However, their patriotism was not completely convincing in either war and both wars were followed by an anti-Catholic backlash. This is an argument I develop even more fully in my upcoming book from Fordham Press.