Fordham University & the United States: A History, with great stories and photos from Fordham's founding to the present, is now available for review. 70% of proceeds will go to Fordham students.
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In Fordham University & the United States: A History (E-Lit Books, October 2013, $19.99), Debra Caruso Marrone delivers a breezy, informative title for American history lovers and anyone associated with the 172-year-old institution. Founded as St. John's College in 1841 by New York Archbishop John Hughes, the university began as a vehicle to educate young men and deliver Catholics to the upper class.
Caruso Marrone, a Fordham graduate and member of the alumni association's Board of Directors, documents the life of the university, intertwining university events and the students and faculty members who made their mark on the nation. She writes about national figures who impacted the institution, once a stomping ground for U.S. presidents, war heroes and leaders in all fields. The book contains the story of Fordham's rebirth, alongside that of the Bronx, under its three most recent presidents.
A fundraiser for Fordham students via the Fordham College Alumni Association, the book will also be of interest to those with ties to the Bronx.
Even those who know the basic history of Fordham - the playing days of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, the university as home to the troops during both world wars and the years of unrest during Vietnam - will find new historical details.
Fordham, a destination for students from the North and South, produced a number of Civil War heroes who often met on the battlefield, including Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the first all-black U.S. Army regiment made famous by Matthew Broderick in the movie, "Glory."
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the university on October 28, 1940, just days before his second reelection, he was sent there by a campaign manager who was afraid the president might be beaten by Wall Street industrialist Wendell Willkie who had paid a recent visit.
Harry Truman and Richard Nixon both received honorary degrees from Fordham; the latter posed with a live Ram (the school's mascot) who wore a "Vote for Nixon" button on its forehead.
Tragically, Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to deliver the Fordham commencement address on June 8, 1968, just three days after his tragic assassination in Los Angeles.
"I tried to produce a work that showed how this grand institution fit into the scheme of U.S. history," said Caruso Marrone, owner of the New York City media relations firm DJC Communications.
"Conducting the research was a labor of love. I hope readers will enjoy learning so many great tidbits about New York City, the U.S. and Fordham. I believe Fordham alumni will experience a reinforcement of that special connection that starts with a short four years and lasts a lifetime, somehow transcending decades and miles."
The book reveals information about the prejudice felt by Catholics before and after the turn of the last century, the reason a number of Popes during that era urged New York's Catholic hierarchy to establish an upper class of its own. It details the evolution of Jesuit and Catholic higher education.
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