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In this article, Ryan explains that the Catholic Church's approach to social reform is a conservative rather than a radical one.

Boys in Scranton, Pennsylvania pick slate from coal. Industrial change transformed the nature of work in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and young children often labored in the new industries instead of attending school or…

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Poster recruiting volunteers to help the National Catholic War Council's war effort, in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus and the United War Work Campaign.

Fr. John J. Burke (1875-1936) was born in New York City to immigrant Irish parents, and entered the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, known as the Paulists, as a young man. Burke embraced a national view of Catholicism drawn from the ideals…

In this letter Rev. O'Grady presents a revised budget for the Committee for Reconstruction and urges caution in choosing its members.

Rev. Msgr. Splaine requests that Rev. O'Grady provide a detailed plan for the four bishops of the Administrative Committee.

In this letter Rev. O'Grady suggests potential members and an agenda for the Committee for Reconstruction. Suggested members include members of both labor and management. O'Grady emphasizes the necessity of the committee being public.

Here Rev. Burke, CSP, asks that Bishop Muldoon support the "Social Reconstrution" program and expresses his desire to publish the plan as soon as possible.

In this letter to all Archbishops Bishop Russell explains the need for the American Catholic Church to create the Committee of the National Catholic War Council to effect legislative change on the national level
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