Historian examines Notre Dame's role in U.S. Irish-Catholic history

01/9/2013 | Catholic News Service

The University of Notre Dame's importance in the lives of Catholics and Irish-Americans is an unshakeable part of 20th-century American history, says Edward T. O'Donnell, a historian and associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The increased success of the university's football team from the 1920s to the 1970s paralleled "the emergence of an Irish middle class or an upper class," said O'Donnell, a fan of the Fighting Irish.

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