Volume 1

In the Richness of the Earth: A History of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1843-1958, by Steven M. Avella. ISBN 0-87462-077-5 Urban Studies Series #1. 800 pp. 530 illustrations and tables. $45 paperbound

About In the Richness of the Earth

“A good balance between the imperatives of being a ‘good read’ and serving as a reference work to be used to look up specific pieces of information ? [a] straight-forward approach to the personalities and characters of prominent members of the hierarchy, clergy, and laity ?. it may ruffle a few feathers.” —John Buenker, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Parkside.

In the Richness of the Earth is a comprehensive history of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. As it covers the years from the foundation of the diocese in 1843 to the eve of Vatican II in 1958, this book provides a panorama of the people, events, and distinctive circumstances that have shaped Catholic life and identity in Wisconsin. It is richly illustrated with rare photos from a variety of archives and personal collections.


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