Discrimination against Catholic Americans The first Spanish Catholic missionaries arrived in North America shortly after Columbus in 1492. Since that time, Catholics have faced various forms of discrimination, including job discrimination, legal barriers to political power and discrimination in education. The greatest weapon against anti-Catholic feeling has been the constant infusion of new populations of Catholics from many countries around the world. As Catholics have moved from the minority to the majority in the United States, so has anti-Catholic sentiment waned to an imperceptible level. Early English settlements on the east coast of what is now the United States of America were mostly Protestant, and Catholics were an outnumbered...The end:
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