Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Columbia Mourns Her Citizens

Columbia Mourns Her Citizens

lithograph with American iconography of the flag, eagle, and Columbia

Though the nativists frequently used Protestant rhetoric derived from Europe’s wars of religion, this lithograph relied on strictly American iconography—flag, eagle, and Columbia—to emphasize the patriotism of those native-born Americans killed in Kensington. The names of Irish-Catholic victims are not listed. (Library Company of Philadelphia)

Library Company of Philadelphia

Though the nativists frequently used Protestant rhetoric derived from Europe’s wars of religion, this lithograph relied on strictly American iconography—flag, eagle, and Columbia—to emphasize the patriotism of those native-born Americans killed in Kensington. The names of Irish-Catholic victims are not listed.

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