Tag: Excommunicated from the Union

Wo sind die katholischen Deutschen?

Irish Catholics have predominated the historiographies of 19th-century American Catholic history and the American Civil War to the extent that other ethnic Catholic groups have become largely invisible. Certainly a number of excellent historians such as Christian Keller and Alison Clark Efford have contributed greatly to our understanding of German American history during the middle of the 19th century, but… Read more →

Concept Cover Art for Excommunicated from the Union (2015), by William Kurtz.

Excommunicated from the Union Now Available

My first book, Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America, is now available from Fordham University Press. The journey of completing this work has been a long one. It first started in 2005, when as an undergraduate student on the advice of Dr. Dottie Pratt (then at the University of Notre Dame), I decided… Read more →

Concept Cover Art for Excommunicated from the Union (2015), by William Kurtz.

Advance Praise and Author Appearances

Having just learned from Fordham that my book is now at the printers, I wanted to take a moment to share some advance praise that Excommunicated from the Union has received from two leading historians of religion during the American Civil War. “A significant contribution to scholarship on both American Catholicism and the American Civil War. Excommunicated from the Union fills… Read more →

Concept Cover Art for Excommunicated from the Union (2015), by William Kurtz.

Excommunicated from the Union: By the Numbers

Big data is one of those buzz words particularly popular with digital humanists these days. It also defines an approach that is not necessarily relevant for all historical research projects. For example, my forthcoming book’s argument that the American Civil War alienated most Catholics relies much more on first-hand accounts and newspaper editors’ opinions than on tables or charts. Still,… Read more →