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The Wide-Awake Gift: A Know-Nothing Token for 1855. "Put None but Americans on Guard To-Night."

One of 'Em." -

Published by New York. J. C. Derby. 1855., 1855
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First Edition. Pages 312 pp.12mo. Brown publisher's cloth embossed and decorated with gilt illustration of George Washington on front cover and gilt illustrated and lettered spine. First Edition. Not illustrated. The Know-Nothing movement of the 1840-1850's was a xenophobic, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant (especially Irish Catholics fleeing the famine in Ireland), jingoistic movement founded by "native-born" Americans and achieving some temporary political success. They adopted George Washington, Patrick Henry and others as their symbols and published this volume of patriotic Americana to stir their troops in the battle to defend their form of an America for Americans. Owner's signature on front free fly leaf: Merry (?) Taylor.Spine ends and corners slightly bumped and worn. Minimal foxing and browning. Spine faded and edge of front cover sunned. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 9166

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Title: The Wide-Awake Gift: A Know-Nothing Token ...

Publisher: New York. J. C. Derby. 1855.

Publication Date: 1855

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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