Interesting book about a little-known moment in American Catholic History

A reader writes:

I thought you might be interested in this. I recently learned of a new book, “Rising Road” by Prof. Sharon Davies. Here is a link to a video of a talk she gave in Columbus, Ohio.

Her book is about an incident in 1921 in Birmingham, Alabama, in which a Catholic priest was murdered in broad daylight by a Protestant minister who was angered by the fact that his daughter had become a Catholic convert and later married a Hispanic immigrant. The minister was put on trial but found not guilty (Catholics were kept off the jury, and the minister’s lawyer deliberately inflamed anti-Catholic and racial hostility as part of his defense).

One interesting bit of trivia I learned was that Alabama in 1921 still had a law requiring random police inspections of convents and rectories to investigate whether any person was being kept against their will. (I had thought that these laws had disappeared with the demise of the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s). Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America

Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Religion & Race in America by Sharon Davies

Writers Talk: Sharon Davies

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