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By T. Carty

In accordance with quite a few students and pundits, JFK's victory in 1960 symbolized America's evolution from a politically Protestant state to a pluralistic one. The anti-Catholic prejudice that many blamed for presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith's crushing defeat in 1928 ultimately appeared to were conquer. besides the fact that, if the presidential election of 1960 was once certainly a turning aspect for American Catholics, how will we clarify the failure of any Catholic--in over 40 years--to repeat Kennedy's accomplishment? during this exhaustively researched learn that fuses political, cultural, social, and highbrow heritage, Thomas Carty demanding situations the belief that JFK's profitable crusade for the presidency ended a long time, if no longer centuries, of non secular and political tensions among American Catholics and Protestants.

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S. Senator James F. Byrnes of South Carolina to run for president, a Roosevelt aide dismissed the idea on religious grounds. ’’56 Farley accused FDR of knowingly exploiting the Catholic issue to eliminate him as an opponent. As Farley considered a presidential bid, Washington Post reporter Ernest K. Lindley claimed that Roosevelt warned ‘‘one of the elderly stalwarts of the Democratic Party’’ that a Catholic would impair the party ticket. 57 Although FDR did not repudiate the Post story until more than a week later, the president claimed that a chief executive could not respond to every inaccurate story published in the newspapers.

This page intentionally left blank C h a p t e r T w o Protestant America or a Nation of Immigrants? Al Smith, Joe Kennedy, and Jim Farley Pursue the Nation’s Highest Office ‘‘[American Catholics] don’t deserve to have a President,’’ Joseph P. S. ’’2 After Kennedy’s quotations appeared in the March 1959 Look magazine, many ordinary Catholics and editors of Catholic publications denounced such strong assertions that Catholicism would not significantly affect his political decisions. ’’ Having experienced three decades of American politics from the vantage point of an American Catholic, Joe Kennedy believed that these Catholics failed to recognize his son’s delicate political position regarding the religious issue.

Former Democratic Party standard-bearer Al Smith had accused Roosevelt of class warfare in the 1932 campaign. Smith’s 1936 rhetoric, however, represented a dramatic departure from the standard political disagreements between these two men. Speaking to a meeting of the American Liberty League—a conservative organization founded by wealthy Catholic businessman John Raskob to defend property Protestant America or a Nation of Immigrants? 39 rights against Roosevelt’s ‘‘New Deal’’ expansion of federal authority— Smith denounced the similarity of the Democratic Party and the Socialist Party platforms.

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