Should 1867's Irish-Americans have protested this cartoon
? It portrays St. Patrick's Day as a celebration of violence by an anarchistic and subhuman immigrant class. Mocking Irish Catholicism as violent based on the misbehavior of a few rowdies, and treating the celebration of their patron saint as a mere brawl only intensified the anti-Irish sentiments of the time (see Gangs of New York
, or the "Irish need not apply" signs of the era).
Catholics and the Irish have successfully integrated into America, but only when these sorts of portrayals fell by the wayside.