“The Great Chain of National Union”

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

“The Great Chain of             National Union”

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between Catholics and Republicans. The second war between the United States and Britain led the most nationalist faction of Republicans to drop their public misgivings about the ability of Catholics to be loyal American citizens, allowing them to forge a new relationship with the majority of Catholic voters. DeWitt Clinton, who for many years had been the champion of Catholic political interests in New York, remained personally popular with Catholics longer than did his party. He had a long record of breaking relations with his political allies, however, and although the partnership that he and Catholics made had been beneficial to both, it had faltered by 1821. By then, most Catholic voters were aligned with the Tammany and Bucktail Republicans.

Keywords: Catholic Church; New York; Republicans; Federalism; War of 1812; DeWitt Clinton; Tammany

Chapter.  9455 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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