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Frontiers of FaithBringing Catholicism to the West in the Early Republic$
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John R. Dichtl

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124865

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124865.001.0001

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The View to the West

The View to the West

(p.8) Chapter 1 The View to the West
Frontiers of Faith

John R. Dichtl

University Press of Kentucky

In attempts to find new opportunities away from the east coast, some Catholics opted to settle in or across the west part of Pennsylvania in Appalachians, Kentucky, and areas in between since they felt that they would prefer to be in the company of fellow religionists at the Ohio River valley's western or eastern end. In spite of how these Catholics tended to group together, they found themselves surrounded by nonbelievers, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, and those of other religions. Because of uncertainty during the 1780s, Father John Carroll had to watch carefully what he referred to as the Protestants' “extreme circumspection” towards American Catholicism. Carroll's assessment involved how Catholics had to act warily so that they would not have to experience political and legal backlash.

Keywords:   American Catholicism, Father John Carroll, legal backlash, political backlash, Appalachians, extreme circumspection

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