Tag: John Hughes

New Perspectives on the Union War

I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new edited volume of essays on the North’s war effort titled, New Perspectives on the Union War. The book will be released in June 2019 as part of Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” Series. From the publisher: “Edited by Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon, two of the most prominent… Read more →

History Comes for the Archbishop (Part II)

In Part I, I discussed how Archbishop John Hughes’s high reputation with Catholic scholars fell precipitously after the Second Vatican Council, thanks in large part to the scholarship of Fr. Andrew Greeley. Part II argues that the long-lasting impact of Greeley’s negative portrayal of Hughes greatly influenced other scholars. Recent historians, however, have begun to reevaluate more positively Hughes’s role… Read more →

History Comes for the Archbishop (Part I)

At a recent Nau Center event, J. Matthew Gallman asked a room of UVA graduate students who they thought was the most important 19th century American without a recent biography. As one might expect, the names that came forward were a combination of political, abolitionist, and other liberal figures popular with modern academic scholars. If I had been bold enough… Read more →