No attempt is here made to give the reader a complete bibliography. Items used sparingly are omitted altogether, and attention is drawn only to books which would be particularly helpful to those who might wish to read further. In addition, items which have supplied the primary basis for the book are listed, even though they are not readily available to most readers.
The sources for this book are chiefly unprinted correspondence, lay and secular periodicals, newspapers, visual aids such as cartoons, and conversations with people who were active in politics at the time. Interviews have been helpful principally for background, for a fuller appreciation of the imponderables, and for a better understanding of a topic which the author has not discussed in the formal part of the book, namely, the Catholic question in presidential politics since Smith's defeat. Where the names of those interviewed enter the book, reliance has usually been placed on printed or unprinted sources rather than on interviews.
The most useful primary sources are the letters of politicians, journalists, and others who were prominent in the political life of the twenties, but some of the most revealing material consists of letters written to them by people of less prominence. Manuscripts are, of course, not complete for so recent a decade as the twenties, but what is available is sufficiently great in quantity to make selection necessary. In general, the focal point of this book is the Upper South and the Northeast, with lesser attention to other areas. Most important were the Norris Papers, the Thomas J. Walsh Papers, and the Josephus Daniels Papers, all at the Library of Congress; the Glass Papers at the University of Virginia; the Simmons Papers at Duke