Know Nothing Poster, 1854

Know Nothing Poster, 1854

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The American Party, also called the Know-Nothings, was a major national political force in the 1850s. It saw immigrants and Catholics as the greatest threat to self-government and to the nation. Arguing for rule by native-born Protestants, the Know-Nothings ran former President Millard Fillmore as their presidential candidate in the 1856 election. Though James Buchanan won the presidency, Fillmore received over 21 percent of the vote. During the Civil War the movement fractured and largely disappeared, but fear and distrust of new immigrants remained within the core beliefs of many future political movements. This 1850s advertising broadside is for The Dollar Weekly Times, an American Party-affiliated newspaper.
Object Name
associated person
Washington, George
Fillmore, Millard
associated place
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white, black (overall color)
overall: 27 3/4 in x 20 in; 70.485 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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