“Federalists and Tories Carrying Everything With A High Hand”

Jason K. Duncan

in Citizens or Papists?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225125
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236930 | DOI:

Series: Hudson Valley Heritage

“Federalists and             Tories Carrying Everything With A High Hand”

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This chapter focuses on the political status of New York Catholics in the 1790s. By the turn of the 19th century, two distinct political persuasions were emerging, each possessing a vision of how the republic should develop. Ordinary people, in addition to developing allegiances to the national parties and their leaders, had forged their own political culture, with its rites and rituals. The place of New York Catholics in this politics was singular. They had emerged from the revolutionary era endowed with new religious freedom and the right to vote, at least for men who met the minimum property requirements. Yet, they were essentially barred from holding state elective office.

Keywords: New York Catholics; New York; federal government; political interests; nationalism; Federalists

Chapter.  9356 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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