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Amy Koehlinger is an associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oregon State University. She is the author of The New Nuns: Racial Justice and Religious Reform in the 1960s.

An informal boxing match sometime between 1890 and 1910 (Detroit Publishing Co., P., retrieved from the Library of Congress)
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Amy Koehlinger
As late as the 1970s, boxing saturated U.S. Catholic culture. It reinforced Catholic ideas about the redemptive value of physical suffering; it also offered a powerful form of assimilation to male Catholic immigrants.