Dr. Michael Breidenbach

The Rise of American Politics

The Rise of American Politics

Dive into the compelling history of Catholics in America with Dr. Michael Breidenbach’s course, “The Rise of American Politics.” Uncover the vital role Catholics played in founding the United States and explore their dual loyalty to America and the Holy See, despite doubts about their fidelity. With Dr. Breidenbach’s expertise to guide you, examine the rich history of Catholics in America and their dedication to both religious and national identities.

Join this captivating journey through the emergence of American politics from a distinctly Catholic perspective.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Michael Breidenbach is an associate professor of history at Ave Maria University, specializing in American politics, religion, and law. He authored “Our Dear-Bought Liberty” (Harvard University Press, 2021), a runner-up for the Journal of the American Revolution’s 2022 Book of the Year Award. Dr. Breidenbach co-edited “The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty” (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and has been published in esteemed publications. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has held research positions at institutions including Princeton University and Oxford University, and made appearances on national media. Dr. Breidenbach earned his Ph.D. from King’s College, Cambridge, and resides in Southwest Florida with his family.