Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1855. First Edition. Octavo (18cm); greyish green cloth, moire grain, stamped in blind and gilt; viii, 9-223pp. Spine sunned; boards worn and soiled; mild rubbing to extremities. Textblock dustsoiled, foxed and somewhat stiff; pinholes and ownership signature on ffep (dated 1856). Overall Good.
The American Party (1844-1860) was an alternate name of the controversial Know Nothings, a far-right movement rooted in anti-Catholicism and nativism. It began life as a secret society, then became a viable political party (filling a void left by the defunct Whigs) in 1855, when this inaugural political tract was published. While the party fell into decline after defeat in the 1856 presidential race, the term "Know Nothing" still occasionally sees use today, especially to describe nativist views and politicians. OCLC attributes authorship to F. R. Anspach.