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An Unlikely Union The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians PAUL MOSES


Four Steeples over the City Streets Religion and Society in New York’s Early Republic Congregations KYLE T. BULTHUIS

A lively journey though the complex relationships between New York’s Irish and Italians They came from the poorest parts of Ireland and Italy and met as rivals on the sidewalks of New York. Beginning in the nineteenth century, the Irish and Italians clashed in the Catholic Church, on the waterfront, at construction sites, and in the streets. Then they made peace through romance, marrying each other on a large scale in the years after World War II. An Unlikely Union tells the dramatic story of how two of America’s largest ethnic groups learned to love and laugh with each other after decades of animosity. In this engaging history of the Irish and Italians, veteran New York City journalist and professor Paul Moses offers a classic American story of competition, cooperation, and resilience. At a time of renewed fear of immigrants, An Unlikely Union reminds us that Americans are able to absorb tremendous social change and conflict— and come out the better for it. “Paul Moses alluringly explores how the two groups assimilated from separate tracks and on occasion inevitably collided.” —The New York Times “A splendid array of characters passes through these fast-turning pages.” —America

PAUL MOSES is Professor of Journalism at Brooklyn College/CUNY and former city editor of Newsday, where he was the lead writer for a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. His book The Saint and the Sultan won the 2010 Catholic Press Association award for best history book. MARCH 2017 368 PAGES • 28 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-0415-3 • $16.95T (£13.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-7130-8 HISTORY • NEW YORK CITY 10

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The story of four diverse congregations in New York City in the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries In the fifty years after the Constitution was signed in 1787, New York City grew from a port town of 30,000 to a metropolis of over half a million residents. This rapid development transformed a once tightknit community and its religious experience. In Four Steeples over the City Streets, Kyle T. Bulthuis examines the intertwining of four famous institutions—Trinity Episcopal, John Street Methodist, Mother Zion African Methodist, and St. Philip’s (African) Episcopal—to uncover the lived experience of these historical subjects, and just how religious experience and social change connected in the dynamic setting of early Republic New York. Drawing on a wide range of sources including congregational records and the unique histories of some of the churches leaders, Four Steeples over the City Streets reveals how these city churches responded to these transformations from colonial times to the mid-nineteenth century. “Bulthuis thoroughly merges US religious history with the history of New York City from the Colonial era through the early republic. . .A timely reminder of the strategic role that religion played in the New York City urban landscape.” —Choice

KYLE T. BULTHUIS is Assistant Professor of History at Utah State University.

APRIL 2017 320 PAGES • 22 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-3134-0 • $27.00S (£21.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-1427-5 In the Early American Places series HISTORY • NEW YORK CITY 1.800.996.NYUP

NYU Press Spring 2017  
NYU Press Spring 2017