History often focuses on people of prominence—political, social, and economic leaders. However, the role of “ordinary people” often gets neglected. Sacramento has had many “hidden figures” in its past.
These were the people who did the work, paid the expenses, and performed works of charity—and have often gone unheralded. Their story needs to be unearthed and told in order to provide a richer and more accurate account of the past.
This book uses the Catholic Church as a case study of this dynamic. Catholicism is a hierarchical religion and much of its written history focuses heavily on the leadership of bishops, priests, and sisters. This book examines the role of lay people as important actors in the development and expansion of this religious body.
This is Sacramento history “from the bottom up.” These are the “hidden figures” behind the public face of a community that represents a significant demographic in the city, as well as an important contributor to the use of urban space, education, social service, and health care.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Steven M. Avella is a Catholic priest and a professor of history at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of several books on the relationship of the Catholic Church to the social and cultural order of the Midwest and the American West.
He was raised in Sacramento and since the 1990s has devoted himself to a close study of his home region. He has written popular and scholarly history of the city, its religious institutions, and its consumer culture.
His books include Sacramento Indomitable City (2003, Arcadia Press) and Sacramento and the Catholic Church (University of Nevada Press, 2008). Avella has also produced a biography of Sacramento Bee editor and publisher, Charles K. McClatchy.
He has used many resources for these works, but especially the holdings of the Center for Sacramento History, the California Room of the State Library, and the Sacramento Room of the Central Library.
Publisher: America Through Time
Imprint: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Publication Date: 27th March 2023
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic
RELIGION / Christian Church / Growth