Unformatted text preview: differences with Britain, they had retained many of the anti-Catholic—and particularly anti-Irish Catholic—attitudes that had prevailed in England at the time of their departure. Thus the Irish Catholics in the United States found their Anglo hosts virtually as intolerant of their Catholicism as the English had been. • Protestant propagandists began to attack the “foreign” religion and spread wild rumors. By the 1840s, a broad network of nativist societies, religious propaganda organizations, magazines, and newspapers existed. Books attacking Catholics had become staples of the publishing industry. Irish Americans did not want to send their children to public schools, where every effort would be made to convert them into good Americans, which meant good Protestant Americans. Catholic Churches were burned and Catholics were occasionally murdered in anti-Catholic riots....
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