ACH080: In Philadelphia in 1844, tensions between Catholics and Protestants over religious indoctrination in public schools boiled over into violence. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell how anti-Catholic nativism sparked running street battles that left dozens dead and dozens more homes, businesses, and churches destroyed.
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Links for this episode:
- The Philadelphia Bible Riots of 1844: Contest Over the Rights of Citizens
- Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia | Nativist Riots of 1844
- When fear and hatred of Irish Catholics set fire to an American city
- Bullets and Bigots: Remembering Philadelphia’s 1844 Anti-Catholic Riots
- American Catholic History pilgrimage to the Kentucky Catholic Holy Land in 2021
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