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  • Anti-immigrant sentiment gained sharp expression with the formation of the American Protective Association (1887), designed to combat what members perceived as the threat of Catholicism.


  • The principles of the American Protective Association deserve the support of American citizens.

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index Second Edition

  • During the last years of Archbishop Heiss's wise and peaceful administration, the ecclesiastical horizon was somewhat darkened by the plot of the American Protective Association, a new phase of defunct Know-nothingism (q.v.).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • I have had sent me a little leaflet, purporting to be the principles of the American Protective Association, which you doubtless have seen.

    Autobiography of Seventy Years, Vol. 1-2

  • And of course, they'd both remember the American Protective Association, "Guy Fawkes Days"

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  • Protestant denominations suddenly changed their policy and declined to accept Government help for their mission schools, popular sentiment unfavorable to the idea of the contract school system was created by the American Protective Association (q. v.), with the result that Congress in 1895 began to curtail its appropriations for education in mission schools, and in 1896 declared it "to be the settled policy of the Government to hereafter make no appropriation for education in any sectarian school", and in 1900 made what it designated "the final appropriation for sectarian schools".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability


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