April 18

The revising process is going much better for me currently as I have finished my full draft and have had 3 different forms of review. I still want to have a friend of mine look over my paper and give me some more feedback on the new material. Ive been working on changing my thesis, and finding sources and information that fit with my research.

Learning new information and being able to analyze information through primary sources has been my favorite part. I thought it was nice to be able to interpret history on my own, and not just read it from a book or someone else interpretation. I need a lot of work in the final editing phase and some tweaking in the structure of my paper. Even though it is done it is far from being ready to submit!


Peer Review

Jenna and I peer reviewed each other’s papers, I thought the experience was really informative and gave me insight on how to structure my own paper. Reading someone else’s paper showed me mistakes I have been making as well as gave me some insight into some efficient tools Jenna used to make her point. I thought it was a great exercise and helped me put my own paper into perspective.

My plan after receiving the paper back is to take Jenna’s advice as well as change the formatting of my paper. I want to chronologically explain the event and the implications of it today. I am going to rewrite and finish writing my paper then have it reviewed once more before I make final changes.

Videos of peer review:



March 17

Beginning to write my paper has been more challenging than I thought it would be, but incredibly satisfying. I am enjoying the process of researching primary resources such as newspaper articles from the 1960s following the Boycott. The most frustrating aspect has been finding articles that pertain to my area of focus, as well as my limitations in finding research; because of time constraints on my schedule I primarily have to rely on online databases which can be limiting.

As my research continues, I have started to expand on aspects such as the politics that were going on within Chicago during the boycott as well as how the Catholic Church was involved. I am still trying to find sources regarding women’s roles and that will help me evolve my paper even more.

Dale Winling’s presentation was especially useful in my case because he spoke about the notorious segregation in Chicago. It was really beneficial to see the data visualization projects regarding the mapping of political and ethnic separation within the city. The data analytics and mapping techniques Winling used in his research would be extremely helpful to my research, and I am hoping to find a similar sort of map regarding Catholics in Chicago.

Week 4

Primary source sample:


 My notes:













Outline of scholarly article: “How About Some Meat?…”


  • Puts reader into the time period, and good understanding of historical context.
  • What is the Office of Price Administration, why does it matter, and how it sets the stage for the larger picture.


  • Why OPA was created
  • Important figures /influences
  • Conflicts
  • Influence on women
  • End of meat packing industry


  • Why this is important
  • Effects after meat-packing industry

This paper differed from ones I have read in the past based on the more categorized structure. I wasn’t used to having a mini-overview at the beginning of the paper, feeling so historically in-context and having such different ideas separated in the body. I thought it was a great paper because it made it clear what happened, who was involved, and most importantly, why it was important. I’d like to be as clear and concise in my writing, as well as truly submerge the reader in the time I am examining.


Chicago Segregation – Religious Regulation?

History is based on contingency. Every moment is built upon another, which leads to the moment we are in right now. Examining the past is the only way to understand our present and our future. There is always the question of “what if” that is usually followed by “so what.” If we can understand the “what if’s” then we can explain the “so what’s.”

Chicago is undeniably one of the most segregated cities in the United States; not just ethnically but also religiously. There, of course, is a cultural aspect, but even the Chicago Police Department separates the city in sections that have very specific demographics. The segregation in Chicago takes on many different forms, but I’d like to focus how Catholicism played a role in forming the city we know today. There are very “Catholic” areas, where you will find an abundance of Catholic schools, parishes, and charities. Why were these areas chosen? How did these neighborhoods contribute to the overall segregation?

Along with the questions already posted, I’d also like to address the following:

  • What neighborhood(s) were most greatly influenced or affected by the segregation and what was the course of action?
  • What role did women play, and was there a period of time that magnified the events that led to the segregation?
  • Were there any women who stood out in their efforts to segregate/desegregate?
  • Did the demographics of the neighborhood(s) affect the severity of segregation, or was it consistent throughout Chicago?
  • And most importantly, why did Chicago become so segregated? I’d also like to examine how the ramifications can be seen today.

As I begin researching, I am planning to use resources such as ProQuest, America: History and Life database, the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, the Archives and Records of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as well as Loyola’s archives to find sources.



2019: Research

After an extensive semester of researching and learning about Catholicism and it’s impact on Chicago politics, I decided I would like to research the religious segregation in Chicago especially regarding Catholicism. I’d also like to examine the role women played in the segregation in Chicago, and whether Catholic women did more to further segregation or attempt to desegregate.  I’d specifically like to focus on dynamics of Chicago neighborhoods as well as Catholic schools.

I got the idea for this research topic when I was driving to St. Sabina Church late last year. As I drove through different neighborhoods, I couldn’t help but notice every new neighborhood I passed through was either ALL Catholic (schools, charities, etc) or not at ALL Catholic. As I got further and further from the north side of Chicago, I felt like I saw more and more Catholic institutions. I found it incredibly interesting, and after doing some research regarding the segregation I found women were a large proponent in keeping it segregated. This of course was just preliminary and fast research, so I would like to really dive in and see the connection between the segregation and if the role women played contributed to the problem.

Map via Mapping for Justice


Inquiring Nuns

via IMBD

The 1968 documentary, Inquiring Nuns, touched on many topics we covered over the course of this semester such as, the Vietnam war, altruism, Catholic pillars of social welfare and women in Catholicism. During this short documentary, many of the interviewees stated that they would be much happier if the war in Vietnam was over – this parallels Daniel Berrigan’s view as well. Berrigan was an activist dedicated to ending the war in Vietnam and stopping young men being drafted into it. He felt the war did not align with the Catholic view of a “just war”. Had he been interviewed for this documentary I believe he would have answered as many people in the film did, that he would be happy once the war was no longer going on.

Daniel Berrigan via NY Times