On Know Nothings and Secret Societies – 8

Few would argue that a resurgence of nativism in the mid-19th century had a rational footing. It was, rather, “a nonrational response to contemporary problems” in “an age of social upheaval, an age of deprivation, stress, and imminent disaster.” The nation was not facing civil war because of immigration from Ireland and Germany. The dislocations […]

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Political History Word of the Day – Jingoistic

I ran across the word “jingoistic” tonight in my reading of a fascinating book, The Party Of Fear: The American Far Right from Nativism to the Militia Movement by David H. Bennett. jingoistic adjective fanatically patriotic [syn: chauvinistic] jin·go·ism Extreme nationalism characterized especially by a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinistic patriotism. jin’go·ist n., jin’go·is’tic adj.,  jin’go·is’ti·cal·ly […]

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