“Pope Night” was the American version of the British “Guy Fawkes Night,” the annual commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot. The night of mischief and mayhem and anti-Catholic demonstrations came over with sailors and grew to include demonstrations up and down the New England coast. It was ended by George Washington, who had an affinity for Catholics — and who needed Catholic support in the war against Great Britain.
- Pope Night, or Colonial New England’s Version of Halloween – New England Historical Society
- Deliverance from Luxury: Pope’s Day, Conflict and Consensus in Colonial Boston, 1745-1765
- Guy Fawkes: Facts About His Life & The Gunpowder Plot – HistoryExtra
- Pope’s Day in Early New York City — The Gotham Center for New York City History
- Halloween customs born out of forgotten tradition of Pope Night
- Boston 1775: The End of Pope Night in Boston
- Boston 1775: What Pope Night Signified in Boston
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