The Philadelphia nativist riots : Irish Kensington erupts

by Milano, Kenneth W.,

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Pennsylvania Dept. - Reference Stack Area PENNA r F158.44.M63 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Pennsylvania Dept. - Reference Stack Area
Call Number  PENNA r F158.44.M63 2013

Discover a remarkably intimate and compelling view of the riots with stories of individuals on both sides of the conflict that rocked Kensington.

The outskirts of Philadelphia seethed with tension in the spring of 1844. By May 6, the situation between the newly arrived Irish Catholics and members of the anti-immigrant Nativist Party took an explosively violent turn. When the Irish asked to have their children excused from reading the Protestant version of the Bible in local public schools, the nativists held a protest. The Irish pushed back. For three days, riots scorched the streets of Kensington. Though the immigrants first had the upper hand, the nativists soon put the community to the torch. Those who fled were shot. Two Catholic churches burned to the ground, along with several blocks of houses, stores, a nunnery and a Catholic school. Local historian Kenneth W. Milano traces this tumultuous history from the preceding hostilities through the bloody skirmishes and finally to the aftermath of arrests and trials.

Additional Information
Subjects Riots -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Nativism -- History -- 19th century.
Kensington (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- History -- 19th century.
Kensington (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Ethnic relations.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- 19th century.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Ethnic relations.
Publisher Charleston, SC :The History Press,2013
Language English
Description 160 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-154) and index.
ISBN 9781626190191 (paperback)
1626190194 (paperback)
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