Know-Nothings

Know-Nothings
the Know-Nothing Party [the Know-Nothing Party] (also the Know-Nothings)
the popular name for the American Republican Party, later called the American Party, which was established in 1843 with the aim of restricting ↑immigration and preventing ↑Roman Catholics from holding public office. They were called Know-Nothings because members of the party were told to say ‘I know nothing’ when asked about it. They were also called ‘nativists’ because they believed that foreign-born Americans should not be allowed to hold government posts. They had some success in the 1850s, but were divided over the issue of slaves, and the party soon came to an end. The word know-nothing is still sometimes applied in the US to a person with political views which are too fixed and not reasonable.

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  • Know-Nothings —   [ nəʊ nʌθɪȖz; englisch »Nichtswisser«], Spitzname des 1849 in New York als Geheimgesellschaft gegründeten Order of the Star Spangled Banner (Hoher Orden vom Sternenbanner), dessen Mitglieder jede Auskunft zu verweigern hatten (englisch I know… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Know-Nothings — ➡ Know Nothing Party * * * …   Universalium

  • KNOW-NOTHINGS —    a party in the United States that sprung up in 1853 and restricted the right of American citizenship to those who were born in America or of an American parentage, so called because to those inquisitive about their secret organisation they… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • know-nothing — know nothingism, n. /noh nuth ing/, n. 1. an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus. 2. an agnostic. 3. (caps.) U.S. Hist. a member of a political party (American party or Know Nothing party) prominent from 1853 to 1856, whose aim was… …   Universalium

  • Know-Noth|ing — «NOH NUHTH ih», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a person who knows nothing; a very ignorant person; ignoramus. 2. = agnostic. (Cf. ↑agnostic) –adj. 1. = ignorant. (Cf. ↑ignorant) 2. = agnostic. (Cf. ↑agnostic) …   Useful english dictionary

  • know-noth|ing — «NOH NUHTH ih», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a person who knows nothing; a very ignorant person; ignoramus. 2. = agnostic. (Cf. ↑agnostic) –adj. 1. = ignorant. (Cf. ↑ignorant) 2. = agnostic. (Cf. ↑agnostic) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Know-Nothing — Citoyen Know Nothing, le plus jeune fils de l Oncle Sam, lithographie de Sarony (1854). Cette estampe nationaliste, publiée à New York lors de l apogée du mouvement, récupère les symboles de l Union (et notamment le Star Spangled Banner à l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Know-Nothing Party — Know Nothing Citoyen Know Nothing, le plus jeune fils de l Oncle Sam, lithographie de Sarony (1854). Cette estampe nationaliste, publiée à New York lors de l apogée du mouvement, récupère les symboles de l Union (et notamment le Star Spangled… …   Wikipédia en Français

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