Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: KNOW-NOTHINGISM, 05-26-14
Posted on 05/26/2014 6:30:20 AM PDT by Salvation
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A lawless anti-Catholic movement in American politics, 1852-58. All men were admittedly created equal except Catholics, foreigners, and blacks. When questioned about their philosophy, the answered, "I don't know." Their main target was Irish Catholics, whom they wished to deprive of civil and private rights. Their victims suffered from repeated acts of mob violence. In 1852 the bigots organized the "National Council of the United States of North America." They swore an oath of secrecy about their aims and promised to elect to public office only native born Americans who were not Catholic or married to Catholics. In 1855 they carried elections in nine states and had seventy-five adherents in Congress, but their defeat by the Democratic Party in 1856 and the growing feeling of anti-slavery saw their decline as a united power.
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What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander:
...if [Father John Joseph Hughes] attacked religious and ethnic bigotry, he also recognized that the dysfunctional behavior of New Yorks Irish was more destructive than the discrimination against them. After all, he knew that German immigrants, 40 percent of whom were also Catholic (the majority was Protestant, with a small minority of Jews), were almost immediately successful upon arriving in the country, even though most had come to America with no more money than their Irish counterpartsthough they did arrive as intact families to a much greater degree than the Irish. German Catholic immigrants did not experience anything akin to the troubles of Irish Catholics, proving that the source of Irish difficulties was not simply their religion or that their ancestors werent English. Tellingly, there are almost no reports of German gangs in the historical period that Gangs of New Yorkboth the movie and the 1928 book by Herbert Asbury on which it is basedportrays.
-- from the thread What Gangs of New York Misses