A Catholic Runs for President: The Campaign of 1928

By Edmund A. Moore | Go to book overview

CHAPTER ONE
The Anti-Catholic Heritage, to World War I

...Behold that Man of Sin, the Pope, worthy thy utmost Hatred.1 -- The New-England Primer

There can be no serious doubt what the central figure in the drama thought about his fate in the election of 1928. Alfred E. Smith, Governor of New York and Democratic candidate for the presidency, was convinced that he lost the election in large part because of the whispering campaign conducted against him and that his religion furnished much of the basis for that campaign.2 The future biographer of the great Governor will be embarrassed, as the writer has been to a much less degree, by the failure of the central figure to soliloquize for the record; and he will be plagued by the fact that Smith customarily did his business orally in conference, leaving no record of it for the biographer. Smith Autobiography is a pale replica indeed of its author and serves us little. Yet the problem here is less

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Illustrations xv
  • Chapter One - The Anti-Catholic Heritage, to World War I 1
  • Chapter Two - An Unwritten Law 21
  • Chapter Three - The Marshall-Smith Exchange 57
  • Chapter Four - Enter Tom Heflin and Tom Walsh 81
  • Chapter Five - A Campaign Within a Campaign 107
  • Chapter Six - Anti-Catholicism at Flood Stage 145
  • Conclusion 195
  • References 201
  • Bibliographical Note 209
  • Index 213
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