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image located by Bill Garrison, 25 November 2008
The Know Nothing movement was an American political movement that operated on a national basis during the mid-1850s. It promised to purify American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativism and anti-Catholic sentiment.
Nativists were active in New York politics as early as 1843, under the banner of the American Republican Party. The movement quickly spread to other states, using that name or the Native American Party or some variant.
The flag was posted on ebay and is glazed muslin, 29" x 50". Printed in red, blue, and black with canton bearing a spread-winged American eagle surmounted by a ribbon banner bearing Native American , the eagle holding a patriotic shield in its beak and flanked by stands of American flags, at its feet, a ballot box bearing the slogan Twenty-One Years. This device is surrounded by a medallion of 22 stars, with four additional stars in the corners. The fly has thirteen alternating red and white stripes with blue block-lettered text on second through fourth white stripes, which reads Native. Americans./Beware Of/Foreign Influence, all the Ns are reversed, except the first N in Native. Hoist is hand-sewn homespun cotton of various colors.
The Native American party was founded in 1841 at a state convention in Louisiana. Its general tenets were based on the philosophy that foreigners (and especially Irish Catholics) were anathema to the American existence. Party members adhered to the belief that foreigners should not be allowed to hold any office of public trust in the government, whether federal, state, or local. In 1854, the party adopted the policy that even United States citizenship should be granted only after an emigrant had lived in this country for 21 years -- thus the symbolism on this flag.
Bill Garrison, 25 November 2008
A 4x6 inch stick flag which I got with a bunch of other historical U.S. flags. It has 16 red and white horizontal stripes with a white one on top. In the upper left corner is an image of George Washington in a red jacket holding a Sword with an eagle, 2 American flags/banners and 13 gold stars.
Roger Owens, 4 July 2011
image from Golden State Flag Company Pamphlet, 1975
This flag is from the American Bicentennial, released in 1975 by the Golden State Flag Company of San Francisco. This was their version of the "Know-Nothing" Flag. Attached is the picture and description from their pamphlet.
Dave Pawson, 4 July 2011