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List of Abbreviations Preface 1. Commencement Day 1845 2. Founding Father 3. A Few Lonely Frenchmen in a Strange Land 4. Return of the Blackrobes 5. Uneasy Neighbors: Diocesan Seminary and Jesuit College 6. New York City's Other Jesuit College 7. Et in Arcadia Ego: The Gilded Age at Rose Hill 8. The End of the Little Liberal Arts College 9. From College to University 10. Fordham School of Law 11. School of Social Service 12. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 13. Fordham Downtown, Uptown, All Around the Town 14. World War II and After 15. The Halcyon Years 16. Slouching Toward the Sixties 17. The Decade of Three Presidents 18. Quasi-Revolultion on Campus 19. War and Peace 20. The New Normal 21. Approaching the Sesquicentennial Appendix: Presidents of Fordham University Acknowledgements Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Monsignor Thomas J. Shelley, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Emeritus Professor of Church History at Fordham University. His publications include The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York: 1808-2008 and Fordham, A History of the Jesuit University of New York: 1841-2003 (Fordham).


"Archbishop John Hughes, my predecessor, knew that education was a crucial mission of the Catholic Church and made the establishment of a Catholic college one of his top priorities with the founding of St. John's College in 1841. He also realized that the Jesuits were consistently among the best in the world at providing university-level education. In this detailed and fascinating work, Monsignor Thomas Shelley traces the history of Fordham University from its humble beginnings to its current position as a leading center of higher learning. The reader will learn not only about the Jesuit University of New York, but also come away with an enriched understanding of the history of Catholicism in the United States, reflected masterly by Shelley's expert storytelling." -- -Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York "This is a terrific book -- deeply researched, thorough in coverage, fair in its judgments, written in a clear and engaging style. It does full justice to Fordham's storied past and present stature." -- -Philip Gleason Professor Emeritus of History, University of Notre Dame "Tom Shelley's distinguished record as an historian of Catholic America, with a particular mastery of the Catholic experience in New York, makes him an ideal choice to produce the first full-scale history of one of the most important Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. The vivid writing briskly carries the story along; the unobtrusive, shrewd evaluations provide an appropriate weight to the narrative. From his apt chapter titles, through his careful layering of context, to his uniformly spot-on characterizations, this is first-rate history. He has really captured Fordham's unique history." -- -Emmett Curran Professor Emeritus of History, Georgetown University "Like any university, Fordham is a big, complicated thing, and Shelley is no doubt painfully aware of the many subjects and stories he has had to leave out of this history, lest the work become encyclopedic. What he has done, however, is provide an expertly researched and smoothly written account that will attract grateful readers, not just from among Fordham alumni and alumnae, but also from anyone with an interest in works of the Jesuit order and the importance of higher education in the United States." -- -James M. O'Toole Journal of Jesuit Studies

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