Know-Nothing Party

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Noun1.Know-Nothing Party - a former political party in the United StatesKnow-Nothing Party - a former political party in the United States; active in the 1850s to keep power out of the hands of immigrants and Roman Catholics
party, political party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
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Others, such as the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s or Sen.
Irish Americans were so reviled, that when the one million member-strong Know-Nothing Party sprang up in the late 1850s, it did so from the a populist movement of poor, working class white Americans intent on "preserving America's culture" by restricting immigration from Catholic countries, especially Ireland.
Longley describes how they converted; the views of American and European Catholics on slavery; the context of politics at the time, including the Know-Nothing Party; the men's roles in the events; and the relationship between the Catholic Church and the war.
Gardner, whose drive to rid Boston of Irish scum personified the Know-Nothing Party of the mid-1850s.
At times, the political assumptions of this framework broke down as independent parties emerged, such as the Massachusetts Labor Reform Party and the Know-Nothing Party. In both cases, breakthroughs in the ballot box still fell short of advancing their programs in the commonwealth's corporate controlled legislature.
Indeed, by the end of the war, not only was the Know-Nothing Party a thing of the past, but many Republicans were attempting to pry the Irish vote away from the Democratic Party.
Neo-conservative-inspired Republicans in the United States Senate have become a know-nothing party when it comes to accepting the science behind human-caused global warming.
Mulkern, The Know-Nothing Party in Massachusetts: The Rise and Fall of a People's Movement (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1990), 61-86.