St. Francis of America
How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America's Most Popular Saint
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Appelbaum traces popular depictions and interpretations of St. Francis from the time when non-Catholic Americans discovered him in the nineteenth century to the present. From poet to activist, 1960s hippie to twenty-first-century messenger to Islam, St. Francis has been envisioned in ways that might have surprised the saint himself. Exploring how each vision of St. Francis has been shaped by its own era, Appelbaum reveals how St. Francis has played a sometimes countercultural but always aspirational role in American culture. St. Francis's American story also displays the zest with which Americans borrow, lend, and share elements of their religious lives in everyday practice.
University of North Carolina Press, 9781469623740, 288pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2015