“A Middle Party?”

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

“A Middle             Party?”

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This chapter focuses on persistence of the antipathy toward Catholicism in New York's political culture. After the elections of 1807, it appeared as if “Catholic” might disappear as a political category among Republicans, and that individual Catholics would become more or less indistinguishable from others in that party. The religious affiliation and foreign birth of most Catholics might, it seemed, no longer set them apart. However, the following year, overtly nationalist Republicans, who counted nativists in their ranks, gained leadership of the party in New York City. Their attitude toward Catholics becoming their political equals ranged from skepticism to outright hostility. And only a minority of Catholics were openly identified with the Federalists, a party that feared the poorer Irish Catholics who had immigrated to New York since the revolution.

Keywords: nationalist Republicans; New York; Republicans; Federalists; nationalism; political culture

Chapter.  9401 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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