- Jun 2014
Simply not true.Why?
by what argument?
Given that we already HAD Irishmen in the colonies?
By the time of mass migration, so many different peoples had ended up in the US that the US kind of LOST its biases and prejudices over other folks religions.
By the mid-1800s Americans were PROUD that they had no aristocracy... no 'underclass' of whites and a rising intolerance of having an underclass of slaves.
Sure- the locals of any given area didn't want Jews in their country clubs. Didn't want Italians or Irish living next door.- but then, the Anglicans felt the same way about the Presbyterians.
But the US government simply did not allow such parochial sentiments to determine public policy. Jefferson's WALL of SEPARATION was much more respected.
No religious test for office- and the freedom to follow the faith of your own choice.
The US was Not xenophobic back then.'
Sure they were racists... and prejudiced... but they were not AFRAID of folks they thought prayed to the wrong God.
They had not merely learned in school about the horrors that religious states had wrought thru european history- most of them had family histories of fleeing that violence.
Anti-Catholicism in the United States - Wikipedia
When America Hated Catholics
America's dark and not-very-distant history of hating Catholics
Fighting the 'Papists' and the 'Popery': When America Was Anti-Catholic
Know Nothing - Wikipedia