Introduction

US History I:
Free Soil handbill In this lesson you will be introduced to the principles and beliefs of the Native American Party through propaganda. This political party was also called the Know Nothing party because of it's members replies of "I know nothing" when asked of their activities.

In the 1850's, the Know Nothings grabbed a hold of the Massachusetts Legislature and passed a series of anti-immigration laws restricting the freedoms of immigrants . You will learn about these laws and also experience using propaganda as a vehicle for introducing a political platform and influencing the electorate. Finally, you will learn how Massachusetts played a prominent role in this event.

Image: Free Soil Democracy Handbill
from the web site http:// www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org