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The blog is like your neighborhood bar or pub.  It's where we tell the tales, sing the songs, chant the chants, and drink the drinks.  Everyone is on equal footing... we're never going high-hat

Anti- Irish-Catholic Cartoons

matt lynch

The donning of a top hat by Irish-Catholic ward bosses in major democratic cities contributed greatly to the term "high-hat." These politicians thought the top hat represented ethnic arrival in America, like look at me I've arrived! Within their own communities it was often perceived as an act of arrogance-- selling out. To the greater Protestant establishment it was used to further illustrate the primitive & drunken stereotype of Irish-catholics. Most of the discriminatory cartoons of the 19th century featured the high-hat.  We will profile some of these ward bosses in future posts. #scalawags #nevergoinghighhat #madeintheusa #madeinamerica #americanhistory #history #politics #caps #hats