CA 374 March 31 - CA 374 3/31 Historical Context -...

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CA 374 – 3/31 Historical Context - Immigration Fears o Where do you come from? - Fear of Secret Societies - Proliferation of runaway nun tales o Lots of anti-Catholic literature o Stories about nuns that had bad experiences at their convent and tried to run away o Two of the most famous: Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures and Rebecca Theresa Reed’s Six Months in a Convent - Hofstader, the Renegade, and the Paranoid Style o Authority o In the Renegade, she herself (the author) becomes evidence - Reed’s Six Months in a Convent & The Charlestown burning - Purpose of publishing: o “to vindicate her from unjust and unmanly aspersions which some friends of the Convent have indulged in toward her, and especially to advance the cause of truth” (Reed, 13) - Awful Disclosures and Disputed Authorship o Public Appearances They went on a tour and gave public speeches of what was happening o The were supported by the Protestant Church - Enduring Nature o Even though it was proved to be kind of false it was still used and believed
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