Know-Nothing Party


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Know-Nothing Party

aimed at WASP control of government by depriving naturalized Americans and Roman Catholics of political rights. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 371]
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Likewise, the Know-Nothing Party can shout "get funky
Fuller's most useful contribution to the subject of American apocalyptics and fundamentalism is in tracing their roots to earlier social, religious and political movements--among them the Puritans, the Millerites, the Mormons, the Know-Nothing Party, the late-nineteenth-century urban revivalist movement--and thus placing fundamentalism in a more meaningful historical context than some readers may be aware of.
After the Know-Nothing party waned, he joined the Democrats.
The American Party was chosen as the new name for the Native American Party, commonly called the Know-Nothing Party, during its national meeting at Philadelphia.
He campaigned for Lincoln against Douglas and made a tour of New England, speaking against the Know-Nothing Party and in support of full rights for naturalized citizens.
There are few kind words for the American nativist strain, embodied by political movements like the anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party that flourished in the 1850s.
He was ousted from the School Committee when the anti-Catholic Know-Nothing Party swept state and local elections in 1855.