Nativists in Newark: Radical Protestant Reaction to the Appointment of a Catholic Bishop

Augustine J. Curley


Abstract: The appointment of the first Roman Catholic bishop of Newark in 1853 led to ferocious criticism from the city’s newspapers, street preachers, and visiting Catholic dissidents. The visceral anti-Catholic, anti-Vatican rhetoric in Newark foreshadowed the Know Nothing movement’s successes in 1854, the high tide of antebellum nativism in the northeast. 

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