Eddie Patterson's Friends, 1943

"Eddie Patterson's Friends"

"Eddie Patterson's Friends," from These Are Our People - Faith and Freedom series, Ginn and Compnay, 1943.  From the Catholic University of America Commission on American Citizenship Collection, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, Box 5

The Commission on American Citizenship was established at the request of Pope Pius XI in 1938, when the Pope asked the U.S. Bishops to create a series of educational materials promoting Christian democracy, a counter to the totalitarianism raging in Europe at the time.  The result was the Commission on American Citizenship, which created a series of texts and teaching materials that did as the Pope requested.  The materials were used in most U.S. Catholic schools from the 1940s through the 1970s.

More on the Commission:

http://archives.lib.cua.edu/findingaid/americancit.cfm

This story is from one of the readers created by the Commission:

"Eddie Patterson's Friends," These Are Our People - Faith and Freedom series, The Catholic University of America Commission on American Citizenship Collection, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, Box 5

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