Sleep and anti-Catholicism

June 02, 2004

I did not sleep well last night. I got it from both ends.

I was tired around 10:00, but not sleepy. Then, a little later, I got the pre-palpitation feeling that means that I will have trouble getting my heart steady enough to sleep. Perhaps I could have fallen asleep, perhaps not. Instead of trying I let myself rattle until almost 2:00am. I then woke at 4:00 to pee, flushed, and this disturbed the toddler.

The toddler was up and down from 4:30 onward. Luckily J's alarm is at 5:30am and she took him for half an hour letting me get some more nap.

Needless to say, I am a bit out of it today - and we are going out tonight so I will have to be coherent to sit through a festival of choirs. I do think I get a nap.

Meanwhile, I am struggling to sharpen my discussion of anti-Catholicism in the 1830s and 1840s. I set things up with Lyman Beecher, who accuses the entire RC church of engaging in the sort of political dictation that four bishops did to selected Democratic politicians last week. I then move on to discuss Bishop Hughes and Protestant-Catholic spats in the 1840s.

My problem comes because while LB was one of the guys who kicked off the 1830s and 1840s wave of anti-Catholicism, he did so while using mainstream rhetoric. In contrast, James Breckenridge argued that the RC church was always and everywhere destructive of civil liberty, Mariah Monk was making up sex scandals about a Montreal convent, and the hard-core anti-Catholics were quoting Revelations and applying it to Rome.

So, is Beecher a hard-core anti-Catholic or is there a meaningful difference between the folks who say nasty things in nice language and the folks who say nasty things in nasty language? I recall that the Civil Rights movement decided that while there was little moral difference between the folks who used hate speech to terrorize "niggers" and the folks who used patronizing speech to devalue "nigrahs", the latter could be embarrassed into changing their public positions and therefore there was a meaningful tactical difference that the movement could exploit.

In any case, I think I can turn the two paragraphs on Bibles in the schools into two sentences. And that might help me make my point forcefully enough.

It is hard to write with a head full of moss.

Posted by Red Ted at June 2, 2004 10:38 AM | TrackBack

What is the title of Mariah Monks book ??? ISBN number??


Posted by: at July 2, 2004 11:44 AM

Author: Monk, Maria, d. ca. 1850.
Title: Awful disclosures of Maria Monk, as exhibited in a narrative of her sufferings during a residence of five years as a novice, and two years as a black nun, in the Hotel Dieu nunnery at Montreal ...
Publication info: New York, Howe & Bates, 1836.
Description: [2], [xv]-xviii, [11]-231 p. 14.7 cm.
Note: Maria Monk's personal narrative as related to Theodore Dwight. Has also been ascribed to John J. Slocum and to William K. Hoyte. cf. New York Herald, Aug. 12, 1836, p. 2, col. 1 : The Colophon, pt. 17, 1934; Sabin, 49992; and Gagnon, P. Essai de bibl. can.

Posted by: Ted K. at July 6, 2004 07:52 AM
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