Publisher description for The Philadelphia nativist riots : Irish Kensington erupts / Kenneth W. Milano.
Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog
Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding.
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. Discover a remarkably intimate and compelling
view of the riots with stories of individuals on both sides of the conflict
that rocked Kensington.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Riots -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Kensington (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- History -- 19th century.
Kensington (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Ethnic relations.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- 19th century.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Ethnic relations.
Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- History -- 19th century.
Nativism -- History -- 19th century.