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The Know Nothing PartyAKA the American PartyA nativist organization in the North and the South targetingimmigrants and CatholicsMore popular than Republicans, 1854-56Initially, Republicans cooperated with the Know NothingsLater, Republicans advocated anti-Catholicism but rejected nativismMany Republicans were also Know Nothings
Antislavery Whigs---------------------NativistWhigsRepublicansKnow NothingsRepublicans1845-18521852-18561856-In the mid-1850s, Know Nothings competed with Republicans for popular supportIn 1856, the Republican Party absorbed the Know Nothing Party
Election of 1856Parties split on slavery andnativism1) Republicans- John C. Fremont (CA), Mexican War hero