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American Platform of Principles
- Adopted by the American Party at its 1856 convention in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
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.
Handbook of Texas: American Party
- Article on the Know-Nothings in Texas.
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.
Know-Nothing Party, 1850s
- Image of handwritten four-point party platform.
- An explanation for older kids of why some Americans in the nineteenth century started the Know-Nothing Party.
- Article from the Catholic Encyclopedia on the 1850s anti-immigrant movement.
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.
Startling Facts for Native Americans Called "Know-Nothings"
- 1855 book warns of a foreign Catholic conspiracy to eradicate American liberty. Searchable page images.
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.
A Voice to America
- 1855 book by Thomas Bangs Thorpe is an apologia for the American Party. Searchable page images.
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.
- Encyclopedia-style article on this nativist movement. Includes the platform of the American Party.
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)
- Lengthy critical article on the allure of the Know-Nothings. Searchable page images. [The United States Democratic Review] (June 01, 1856)
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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