is the key to understanding men - whether as nations, families, or
individuals. For Catholics, history has an even higher purpose beside.
For them, history is the unfolding of God's Will in time, and the
attempts of men either to conform themselves to or to resist that Will.
But American Catholic historians have generally refrained from
exploring their own national history with these principles, preferring
instead to adopt the analysis of their non-Catholic colleagues, save
when looking at purely Catholic topics (and sometimes not then). It is
vital then, for Catholics, especially young Catholics, to have a good
and proper understanding of their country's history. To exercise their
patriotism, they must work for the conversion of the United States; to
do this effectively, they must understand the forces and events which
brought forth not only the religion of Americanism and the country
itself, but also the sort of Catholicism which, in 300 years, failed so
dismally to bring this conversion about.
This book attempts to reinterpret the better known episodes of our
history in accordance with the Faith, and to point up lesser-known
details which will give factual proof of the truth of this