Good Hearts:

Catholic Sisters in Chicago’s Past

by Suellen Hoy (University of Illinois Press)

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Through seven essays, the author explores the history, activities and contributions of women religious, whose activism played a critical role in Chicago’s development. The book includes 65 photographs that higlight the work and contributions of the sisters, who served sick and poor immigrants as well as those racially and religiously unlike themselves. The sisters, Hoy writes, always emphasized the importance of education to social mobility and equality.

The author is a guest professor of history at Notre Dame. Good Hearts received the 2007 Certificate of Excellence Award from the Illinois State Historical Society.

(December 2007)