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By T. Carty

ISBN-10: 1403962529

ISBN-13: 9781403962522

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In response to a variety of 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 looked as if it would were conquer. despite the fact that, if the presidential election of 1960 was once certainly a turning element for American Catholics, how can 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 background, Thomas Carty demanding situations the idea that JFK's profitable crusade for the presidency ended many years, if now not centuries, of spiritual and political tensions among American Catholics and Protestants.

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Marriage law. S. government. The Knights of Columbus lobbied for military intervention. According to pundit Walter Lippmann, such belligerency proved more effective than nativist propaganda at alarming ‘‘moderate, tolerant and liberal people . . 26 Advocates of contraceptive devices perpetuated liberal suspicions of Smith by portraying the Catholic Church’s opposition to artificial birth control as emblematic of Catholicism’s antipathy toward personal, individual freedom. Field Secretary of the Birth Control League Edith Pierce opposed Smith’s candidacy because of the Catholic Church’s alleged pressure on state legislatures to oppose legalized contraception.

The Democrats selected a Protestant compromise candidate, New York attorney and former solicitor general John W. Davis of West Virginia. However, Walsh’s name immediately emerged as the ideal vice-presidential nominee for religious ticket balancing. On the convention floor, the chant of ‘‘Walsh’’ for vice president immediately followed Davis’ nomination. This spontaneous and apparently unanimous support of convention delegates for Walsh made a profound impression on contemporary observers and historians alike.

While President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal coalition opened unprecedented political opportunities to American Catholics, subsequent Democratic Catholic presidential aspirants— such as Postmaster General James Farley and Ambassador to the Court of Saint James Joseph Kennedy—continued to encounter religious skepticism. After World War II and the Cold War initiated an interfaith alliance against atheistic totalitarian regimes, some political analysts even suggested that Catholicism could help a presidential ticket in 1956.

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