This prize-winning book tells the story of American women's devotion to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, one of the most popular saints in the American Catholic pantheon. Robert Orsi examines St. Jude's rise from obscurity to national popularity; beginning in Chicago in 1929, and he shows how the daughters and granddaughters of Catholic immigrants called on the saint to help them make lives for themselves in the tumultuous years of depression, war, and changing workplaces and family lives.
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Published July 24, 1996
by Yale University Press.
History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality.