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The Order of the Star Spangled Banner was an oath-bound secret society in New York City. It was created in 1849 by Charles Allen to protest the rise of Irish Catholic and German immigration into the United States. A secret society is an organization that requires its members to conceal certain activities—such as rites of initiation—from outsiders. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Charles Allen can refer to: Charles Allen (athlete) (b. ...


In order to join the Order, a man had to be at least twenty-one years old, a Protestant, and willing to obey the Order's dictates without question. Most notably members were Nativists, citizens that were opposed to all immigration. Members invariably responded to questions about the OSSB by claiming that they "knew nothing." This practice caused newspaper editor Horace Greeley to label them "Know-Nothings." The OSSB would eventually form the nucleus of the nativist American Party. Photographic portrait of Greeley Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811–November 29, 1872) was an American editor of a leading newspaper, a founder of the Republican party, reformer and politician. ... The Know-Nothing movement was a nativist American political movement of the 1850s. ... The Know-Nothing movement was a nativist American political movement of the 1850s. ...

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