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  • American Platform of Principles - Adopted by the American Party at its 1856 convention in Philadelphia.
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  • Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy - William Gannaway Brownlow's book tries to stir native voters to the cause of the American Party in the election year 1856. Searchable page images.
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  • A Defence of the American Policy - 1856 book by Thomas R. Whitney seeks to warn native-born Americans of the danger of Roman Catholic influence. Chronicles the rise of the Know-Nothings, particularly in New York. Page images.
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  • Examiner's Questions for Admittance to the American (or Know-Nothing) Party - Image of handwritten ritual for swearing in a new member. Also some background information on the party.
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  • Handbook of Texas: American Party - Article on the Know-Nothings in Texas.
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  • I Know Nothing! - Article on the Know-Nothings, some of their prominent members, and their fear that the Vatican planned to take Cincinnati by military force.
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  • Know-Nothing Party, 1850s - Image of handwritten four-point party platform.
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  • Know-Nothing People - An explanation for older kids of why some Americans in the nineteenth century started the Know-Nothing Party.
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  • Knownothingism - Article from the Catholic Encyclopedia on the 1850s anti-immigrant movement.
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  • The Legacy of the Know-Nothings - For teens. Although this political party didn't last for even ten years, its story can show something about America today.
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  • Startling Facts for Native Americans Called "Know-Nothings" - 1855 book warns of a foreign Catholic conspiracy to eradicate American liberty. Searchable page images.
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  • Tricks of the Enemy! - Broadside posted in 1854 in Washington, D.C., to combat the rumor that Archbishop Hughes (of New York) was in town to control foreign and Catholic votes.
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  • A Voice to America - 1855 book by Thomas Bangs Thorpe is an apologia for the American Party. Searchable page images.
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  • Wide-Awake! Romanism: Its Aims and Tendencies - 1854 booklet by Know-Nothing L.W. Granger urges Americans to preserve the Protestant character of the public schools and to safeguard the ballot box from control by foreigners. Searchable page images.
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  • Wikipedia: Know-Nothing - Encyclopedia-style article on this nativist movement. Includes the platform of the American Party.
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  • A Know-Nothing Legislature - At a distance of four decades, George H. Haynes looks back on the Massachusetts state legislature of 1855, in which a secret political organization had won more than 90 percent of the seats. Searchable page images. [The New England Magazine] (March 01, 1897)
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  • A Chapter from the Local History of Knownothingism - Article by George H. Haynes takes a look at the career of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Council of the American Party. As page images or scanned text. [The New England Magazine] (September 01, 1896)
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  • Know-Nothingism - Lengthy critical article on the allure of the Know-Nothings. Searchable page images. [The United States Democratic Review] (June 01, 1856)
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  • The Cloven Foot - Although the Know-Nothings may seem at first glance to be entirely novel, this article seeks out the political lineage of the dark-lantern organization. Searchable page images. [The United States Democratic Review] (February 01, 1856)
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