Illustration of the “Bible Riots” in Philadelphia on July 7th, 1844. 
(Image courtesy of the Digital Library at Villanova University)

The Donald Trump of the 1840s

August 1, 2016

A tide of anti-immigrant rage among working-class voters. Dire warnings that the America we know and love is on the verge of extinction. One charismatic leader rides the wave of righteous anger. Sound familiar?