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White Anglo-Saxon Protestant

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Anglo-Saxon
Protestant
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Definition of the noun white anglo-saxon protestant

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noun

  1. a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination

Explanation

White Anglo-Saxon Protestant is an informal term, often derogatory or disparaging, for a closed group of high-status Americans mostly of British Protestant ancestry. The term implies this group wields disproportionate financial and social power. The term is also used in Australia and Canada for similar powerful groups.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Religion and Film (2011)

by Eric Michael Mazur

an equally disappointing film, argues for a return to the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant–dominated culture of the 19th century. Although produced for a niche market, films created for African American churches have far ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature: A - C (2005)

by Emmanuel Sampath Nelson

Since colonial times, White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Americans (WASPs) ...

Google previewThe Making of Modern Immigration: An Encyclopedia of People and Ideas [2 volumes] (2012)

by Patrick J. Hayes

white Anglo-Saxon Protestant).24 Thus, while Chinese immigration was denied, Western European immigration was encouraged, resulting in a far higher percentage of Western Europeans than Chinese among the immigrant population of ...

Google previewThe Jim Crow Encyclopedia (2008)

Greenwood Milestones in African American History by Nikki L. M. Brown, Barry M. Stentiford

A primary goal of the 1924 Immigration Act was to preserve the United States as a predominantly white Anglo-Saxon Protestant society. However, Mexicans were exempt from the quotas, and no serious efforts were implemented to restrict ...

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

An Encyclopedia by Steven L. Danver

as inspiration, former minister William Joseph Simmons restarted the Klan to assert white Anglo-Saxon Protestant control over ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures (2013)

by Bonnie Zimmerman

marriage” refers to an emerging model of American marriage among the dominant White Anglo-Saxon Protestant groups in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This version also carries the connotation of increased power for ...

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