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Bell Ringer: Nativism and the Know Nothings

Nativism and the Know Nothings

Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” talked about the anti-immigrant sentiment during the 1840s and 1850s. He discussed secret organizations like the Know Nothings and their political influence.

Description

Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” talked about the anti-immigrant sentiment during the 1840s and 1850s. He discussed secret organizations like the Know Nothings and their political influence.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How were Irish immigrants treated in the United States in the 1840s?
  • Who were the Know Nothings?
  • What actions did these anti-immigrant groups take during this time?
  • How did these anti-immigrant groups gain political power?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Discrimination
    • Immigrant
    • Irish
    • Know-nothing Party
    • Political Party

    Topics

    ImmigrationPolitical PartiesU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity