Submission Title

The Silent Invasion

Presenter Information

Claire Henson, Gonzaga University

Session Number

SS3

Location

Weyerhaeuser 304

Abstract Number

SS3-b

Abstract

American in the 1840s through the 1950s is a time period that was filled with demographic change and increased cultural awareness. The steep and fast increase in the immigration of Catholics to the United States perpetuated a widespread fear and hatred that continues to show its remnants today. An examination of “nativistic” propaganda and other fear mongering practices illuminates the reasons for the extreme reaction to the 1928 presidential election, and primary documents can demonstrate the overall mentality of the American people.

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The Silent Invasion

Weyerhaeuser 304

American in the 1840s through the 1950s is a time period that was filled with demographic change and increased cultural awareness. The steep and fast increase in the immigration of Catholics to the United States perpetuated a widespread fear and hatred that continues to show its remnants today. An examination of “nativistic” propaganda and other fear mongering practices illuminates the reasons for the extreme reaction to the 1928 presidential election, and primary documents can demonstrate the overall mentality of the American people.