Some in Washington are here concerned about criminals among arriving immigrants, about fraud in the naturalization of immigrants, and about fraudulent naturalizations leading to voter fraud. At the time of the hearings being summarized, naturalization was carried out at the local, not the federal level; testimony by judges and others in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New Orleans is that criminals are among the arriving Germans and other nationalities, that local officials are being bribed to falsify immigration documents and records, and that certain precinct ballot boxes are yielding more ballots than the number of registered voters in the precincts in question. The John MacPherson Berrien who chaired these hearings was president of the American Party, popularly known as the "Know Nothings." One of its tenets was "nativism," or "America for Americans," and one of its chiefest fears was that => the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants. Provenance: Signature in top margin of title-page of Henry Dilworth Gilpin, Attorney General of the United States under Van Buren. One wonders how, or whether, Gilpin and Berrien tolerated one another in person: The former was a staunch supporter of slavery (in The Antelope case he argued against the freedom of slaves captured at sea), and Gilpin, a devout Quaker, was a staunch believer in abolition who is probably best remembered for having presented the U.S. government's side of the Amistad case to the U.S. Supreme Court. 8vo (22.5 cm; 9"). vi, 222 pp. Recent boards with gray paper covering. Scattered foxing, heaviest on the title-page and next four leaves. Very good copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Reports of the Committee on the judiciary of...
Publisher: Gales & Seaton, printers
Publication Date: 1845
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