Forgotten History

“Go to the Worker”
America’s Labor Apostles
Kimball Baker
Marquette University Press, $30, 276 pp.

The Catholic Church in the United States is no longer a working-class church. The majority of its traditional, white parishioners have moved up the social scale. Initially brutalized by religious intolerance, fierce social condescension, and seemingly inflexible economic barriers, they benefited more than almost any other social group from the American economic takeoff after World War II. Their belief in the American Dream seemed to have paid off, in large part because of the efforts made by...

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About the Author

Daniel J. Leab, professor of history at Seton Hall University, is a former editor of the journal Labor History and is the current editor of American Communist History.