Monday, February 01, 2016

Tru'merica: "Know Nothing" Then and Now

The "Know Nothing Party" never really disappeared from American history, it simply morphed into the Republican Party that formed in 1854. Its characteristic suspicion of and discrimination against later immigrants, especially those of a different race or religion from the so-called "nativists", still resonates with a segment of the native born, white, Protestant public. A partial history in three parts: