Adele M. Stan, The American Prospect
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on November 24. Just a few days before, a black civil-rights protester was beaten by Trump supporters during a rally.
When my grandfather’s grandparents arrived on the shores of Jersey City, having fled famine in Ireland, the city was joined in an epic battle waged against the immigrants by a nativist party nicknamed the Know-Nothings.
The Irish were not to be trusted, the Know-Nothings said, especially because of their strange religion—Roman Catholicism. Cast as an army of infiltration sent into America by the pope, the Irish were, for a time, barred from employment in the police force and other government offices through the connivance of Know-Nothing state legislators, who conferred a new charter on the city, which was later struck down by the New Jersey Supreme Court.Read More