St. Norbert College Professor Publishes New Book “What They Wished For”

From St. Norbert College, July 28, 2014
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

Lawrence J. McAndrews, professor of history at St. Norbert College, has published "What They Wished For American Catholics and American Presidents, 1960-2004." (2014-The University of Georgia Press)

Roman Catholics constitute the most populous religious denomination in the United States, comprising one in four Americans. With the election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960, they attained a political prominence to match their rapidly ascending socioeconomic and cultural profile. From Vietnam to Iraq, from the civil rights movement to federal funding for faith-based initiatives, and from birth control to abortion, Catholics have at least as many political victories as they have losses. "What They Wished For" traces their role in presidential policies and politics from 1960 until 2004.

For more information, go to the publisher's description page at: http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/what_they_wished_for.

McAndrews has authored books and journal articles on recent United States political history. He joined the faculty at St. Norbert College in 1985.