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!" to the crowd at Yokohama's Club 24 and then keep grooving, without really caring that everyone is too emotionally reserved to dance.
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.
German settlers were among the first to reach North America, but that did not stop the Know-Nothing Party of the 1850s from opposing further immigration to the U.S.
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.
Most interesting here is Grimsted's interpretation of the politics of the 1850s, particularly the rise of the Know-Nothing party. Know-Nothings, for Grimsted, were a "beachhead" of antislavery in the South.