[Know-Nothings]: [Anspach, F.R.]: THE SONS OF THE SIRES; A HISTORY OF THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND DESTINY OF THE AMERICAN PARTY, AND ITS PROBABLE INFLUENCE ON THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Philadelphia: 1855. Original gilt-decorated cloth. 223pp. Light scattered foxing, spine lightly sunned, else Very Good.

    The American Party, or Know-Nothings, was based on anti-Catholicism and a deep suspicion of immigrants. After the 1854 elections "there seemed to be a likelihood that the Catholic or immigrant question might replace the slavery question as the focal issue in American political life." Potter, Impending Crisis page 250. Former President Fillmore ran for President in 1856 on the American ticket. The Know-Nothings and the anti-slavery forces "appealed to the same elements in the population." Id. at 251. The success of the anti-slavery movement depended on its successfully enticing Know-Nothings into the Republican Party, and making it primarily an anti-slavery Party. This item was authored at the height of the Know-Nothing movement, and emphasizes its fundamental themes. FIRST EDITION. Sabin 87110.

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