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My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor honored for contribution to Catholic history
My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor honored for contribution to Catholic history

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Dr. John Pinheiro, professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, was recently awarded the Father Paul J. Foik award from the Texas Catholic Historical Society for his contributions to Catholic history.

This annual award is given to the author of the publication judged as the most important contribution to Texas Catholic history. Dr. Pinheiro’s book “Missionaries of a Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War,” released in March 2014, details the religious history of the Mexican-American war. Pinheiro traces the rise to prominence of the discourse that began in the 1820’s and culminated in the Mexican-American War. He invites the reader to use these lessons learned, and challenges them to see some of the current issues surrounding immigration in a different light, as well as help the reader to understand the power that religion can have in shaping decisions.

“It was an honor to be recognized by the Texas Catholic Historical Society,” said Dr. Pinheiro. “I’m happy that my book is bringing light to the history of the Mexican-American War, and that people are taking interest in it. It is truly an important event in our history.”

This isn’t the only praise Dr. Pinheiro has received on his book. The blog “Religion in American History” listed it as one of 35 books that are a must read for 2014. Joel H. Silbey, author of “Party of Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848,” calls Dr. Pinheiro’s book, “a groundbreaking achievement.” According to Thomas S. Kidd, professor of history at Baylor University, “In this much needed history, John Pinheiro vividly illuminates the interplay between race, religion, and politics during the Mexican War. ‘Missionaries of Republicanism’ is essential reading for understanding the mindset of antebellum America.”

Dr. Pinheiro’s book is available for purchase on Amazon and various other book vendors.

About Aquinas College: Aquinas is a Catholic Liberal Arts College founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. The wooded, 117-acre campus is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With over 2,300 students and 60 academic programs, Aquinas College is an inclusive educational community that emphasizes career preparation, leadership, service to others and lifelong learning. www.aquinas.edu


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