The Premier See: A History of the Archdiocese of

The Premier See: A History of the Archdiocese of When John Carroll became bishop of Balti in , his diocese encompassed what was then the United States, from the Chesapeake to the Mississippi, from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico For almost a century and a half, the archbishop of Balti remained the virtual leader of his church in the new republic In The Premier See, Thomas W Spalding chronicles the growth, tensions, and politics of the archdiocese that helped shape the history of American Catholicism


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