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  1. a former political party in the United States; active in the 1850s to keep power out of the hands of immigrants and Roman Catholics


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  1. The American Party was a conservative party in the United States. Originally called the American Independent Party, it was renamed in 1969 by representatives from 37 states. Following the 1972 election, the American Party split from the American Independent Party. Both of the parties have nominated candidates for the presidency and other offices, although the AIP has considered itself a California affiliate of the Constitution Party. In New York, the party ran a state ticket in 1974 under the name of Courage Party, because a state law there prohibits the use of the word "American" on the ballot. The American Party won its strongest finish in the 1972 presidential election; nominee John G. Schmitz carried 1,090,673 votes.
  2. The American Party was a political party in Utah from 1904 to 1911. It was designed to counter the influence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah politics.
  3. The American Party was a short-lived minor political party during the early 20th century. It was "formed by a number of disgruntled Democrats and admirers of William Sulzer." The party was incorporated on April 13, 1914 at Albany.
  4. The American Party of 1924 was a short-lived American political party.

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Google previewA Dictionary of American Politics (1892)

Comprising Accounts of Political Parties, Measures and Men by Everit Brown, Albert Strauss

(See American Party II.) Anti-Monopoly Party.

Google previewRevolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes] (2010)

An Encyclopedia by Steven L. Danver

The American Party, commonly called the “Know-Nothing Party,” was a part of the American nativist movement, which became powerful in the period from 1854 until 1856. It was involved in clashes with Roman Catholics, predominantly Irish ...

Google previewAmerican Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change by James Ciment, John Radzilowski

The American Party fell apart after that election, however, and although a number of former Know-Nothings joined the much more successful Republican Party before and during the Civil War, the new party adopted few of the Know-Nothings « ...

Google previewRace and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic [4 volumes] (2014)

An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic by Charles A. Gallagher, Cameron D. Lippard

Millard Fillmore was the 1856 presidential candidate of the Know-Nothing Party ( also called the American Party), a group that epitomized the growing tide of anti- Catholic and anti-immigrant feeling in the United States in the 1850s.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States Political Parties (2009)

by Harold F. Bass Jr.

It became faction ridden in the 1970s, and one group split away to form the American Party. In 1976, the American Independent Party nominated Lester Maddox, former Democratic governor of Georgia, for president. In doing so, the party ...

Google previewHarper's Encyclopedia of United States History from 458 A.D. to 1915 (1915)

by Benson John Lossing, Woodrow Wilson

Native American Party. In 1844 the great influx of foreigners into the city of New York for several years preceding, and the facility with which our naturalization laws permitted foreigners to become voters, had enabled the adopted citizens to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of U.S. campaigns, elections, and electoral behavior (2008)

A-M by Kenneth F. Warren

the american party is a name that has been adopted by two third parties in American history. The first American Party existed for a brief period of time during the mid-19th century as an anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic political party.

Google previewThe Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. (Two volume set) (2009)

by Michael Kazin, Rebecca Edwards, Adam Rothman

The American Party traced its origins to the shortlived American Republican Party of 1844–45. American Republicans fared poorly because although underway, the full impact of the 3-million strong wave of German and Irish immigration had ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 (2006)

From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass Three-volume Set by Paul Finkelman

The American Party, more commonly known as the “Know-Nothing Party,” rose out of a growing nativist sentiment in American politics in the 1840s and 1850s. The Know-Nothings quickly rose ...

Google previewAmerican Reference Library: Encyclopedic dictionary of American reference, by J.F. Jameson and J.W. Buel (1900)

The American party made its last appear. ance in the national arena under the name of the Constitutional Union party, at Baltimore, and nominated John Bell, of Tennessee, for President. The Republican party elected Mr. Lincoln President.

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History (2012)

by Donald T. Critchlow, Philip R. VanderMeer

The American Republican Party (later simply the American Party) was founded in New York City in 1843; in coalition with the Whigs, it elected a nativist mayor of New York in 1844. Advocating a ban on Catholic and foreign-born officeholders ...

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