Old Politicals Auction #13
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/24/2012

The ribbon has great graphics and if you look closely will show you why. However, the story behind this fascinating 8” long ribbon is frankly incredible. Here is the story. The Philadelphia Nativist Riots (also known as the Philadelphia Prayer Riots, the Bible Riots and the Native American Riots) were a series of riots that took place between May 6 and 8 and July 6 and 7, 1844, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and the adjacent districts of Kensington and Southwark. The riots were a result of rising anti-Catholic sentiment at the growing population of Irish Catholic immigrants. In the months prior to the riots, nativist groups had been spreading a rumor that Catholics were trying to remove the Bible from public schools. A nativist rally in Kensington erupted in violence on May 6 and started a deadly riot that would result in the destruction of two Catholic churches and numerous other buildings. Riots erupted again in July, after it was discovered that St. Philip Neri's Catholic Church in Southwark had armed itself for protection. Fierce fighting broke out between the nativists and the soldiers sent to protect the church, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries. On July 3, Father John Patrick Dunn of the Church of St. Philip Neri in the Southwark District was warned in advance of a planned parade by the Native American Party that the church might be attacked. The Native American Party, a nativist political party similar to the American Republican Party, planned to hold a large parade the next day on Independence Day. This ribbon is from that event! To prepare in the case of violence, the church applied for an arsenal that a volunteer company would use in case the church was attacked. Pennsylvania Governor David R. Porter authorized the formation of a company and the procurement of twenty-five muskets from the Frankford Arsenal. Major General Robert Patterson, commander of the Pennsylvania militia, put the troops on alert in case of violence. The riots had gained national attention and condemnation. The riots were used as an issue in the 1844 U.S. Presidential election, the Democratic Party condemning the growing Native American Party and the Whig Party, which the Democrats accused of being involved in the nativist movement. In Philadelphia, the Native American Party ended up making a strong showing in the city's October election. The ribbon has archival tape on the reserve because of a horizontal spit that only invades half-way through the ribbon but otherwise displays very well. Spring Garden as printed on the ribbon is an unincorporated district in Philadelphia. Compelling history represented by a period artifact. Estimate: $200-300
1844 Native American Association Important Historical Ribbon Philadelphia Religious and Political Riots1844 Native American Association Important Historical Ribbon Philadelphia Religious and Political Riots
1844 Native American Association Important Historical Ribbon Philadelphia Religious and Political Riots
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Auction closed on Friday, February 24, 2012.

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