Patrick Henry Callahan (1866-1940), Progressive Catholic Layman in the American South

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Describes the life of perhaps the most important early-20th-century "dry" Catholic, who was, moreover, a progressive and an advocate of profit-sharing, a multifaceted man who exchanged ideas with many of the most important political and literary figures of his day, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, Msgr. John A. Ryan, and H. L. Mencken.


". . . provides an important window on American culture for this time period. . . . Ellis' well-written biography shows how one `Catholic Maverick' influenced both local and national affairs through his continual crusading for religious liberty, social justice, and participatory democracy." - Ferenc M. Szasz

"William E. Ellis has performed a valuable service by preparing this biography of Callahan. . . . Fortunately, Callahan has found a worthy biographer. . . . a well-researched, thoughtful study of a rather unique individual." - James C. Klotter

". . . addresses a broad range of issues important to southern reform in the twentieth century . . . Ellis has written a lucid, perceptive biography of a little-known Kentucky businessman-reformer which reveals a great deal about the intersection of Christian ethics, ecumenism, and reform in the early-twentieth-century South." - Wayne Flynt

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