About This Issue
As this issue of American Catholic Studies goes to press, it looks like we have been able to live up to the promise we made to our readers over a year ago. Volume 114, No. 1 marks the beginning of the journal's quarterly publication schedule. The staff, including myself, Rodger Van Allen, and editorial assistant Margaret King, are delighted that we are able to make this announcement!
We hope you enjoy the three articles appearing in this issue. Anne Butler, Professor of History at Utah State University, has contributed to the growing scholarship on American women religious with her article on pioneer sisters in the Pacific Northwest. Butler's article also serves as a reminder that there is American Catholic history west of the Mississippi River- and it is history worth telling.
Joseph Mannard, who is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, also focuses on American sisters in his article about the beginning of female Catholic education in what is now Wheeling, West Virginia. In addition, Mannard has some interesting points to make about the place of anti-Catholicism in antebellum America and the relationship between Protestants and Catholics on the Virginia frontier.
Patrick Peyton, CSC, and his Rosary Crusade are the subject of an article by Richard Gribble, CSC, of Stonehill College. Some of you probably remember the crusade well; I can still recall how excited I was when it was my turn to bring home the statue of Mary containing rosary beads. Peyton, of course, in an important figure in mid-twentieth century American Catholicism; and Gribble's essay will both remind and inform those who remember Peyton.
We are introducing a new feature in this issue of American Catholic Studies. Book reviews will now be a regular part of the journal; and our hope is that there will be something for everyone in this section. If you're interested in being on our list of reviewers, let us know. We guarantee you'll hear from us!
Finally, take a look at the pictures appearing on the front and back covers, and enjoy co-editor Rodger Van Allen's essay on the Sullivan brothers. The Sullivans were part of American history before Saving Private Ryan appeared on the big screen, and we are happy to remind our readers of one more story of the "greatest generation."
Thanks to all of you who have made the new and improved American Catholic Studies possible. We look forward to working with you and to hearing from you in the months ahead, as we continue to improve this quality of our publication.
Margaret M. McGuinness