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he following article from the current Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 21.4 (Oct. 2014) should be of interest to readers of this list. If you have questions about the article or the journal, please contact the editor at the address below: Catholicism and the Making of the U.S. Pacific Katherine D. Moran In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in the context of the development of U.S. power in the Pacific, some American Protestants began to articulate a new approach to Catholicism and American national identity. In Southern California, Anglo-American boosters began to celebrate the regionís history of Spanish Franciscan missions, preserving and restoring existing mission buildings while selling a romantic mission story to tourists and settlers. In the Philippines, U.S. imperial officials, journalists, and popular writers tempered widespread critiques of contemporary Spanish friars, celebrating the friarsí early missionary precursors as civilizing heroes and arguing that Filipino Catholic faith and clerical authority could aid in the maintenance of imperial order. Against persistent currents of anti-Catholicism and in distinct and locally contingent ways, American Protestants joined Catholics in arguing that the United States needed to evolve beyond parochial religious bigotries. In both places, in popular events and nationally circulating publications, the celebration of particular constructions of Catholic histories and authority figures served to reinforce U.S. continental expansion and transoceanic empire. Alan Lessoff Editor, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Professor of History, Illinois State University email: email@example.com web: www.jgape.org http://journals.cambridge.org/JGA --