By T. Carty
Based on a number of students and pundits, JFK's victory in 1960 symbolized America's evolution from a politically Protestant kingdom to a pluralistic one. The anti-Catholic prejudice that many blamed for presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith's crushing defeat in 1928 eventually looked as if it would were conquer. even if, if the presidential election of 1960 used to be certainly a turning aspect 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 research that fuses political, cultural, social, and highbrow historical past, Thomas Carty demanding situations the belief that JFK's winning crusade for the presidency ended many years, if no longer centuries, of spiritual and political tensions among American Catholics and Protestants.
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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.
Coming from a rural western state without political machines and supporting prohibition, Walsh might attract Catholic voters without alienating Protestants especially in the South and West. 52 24 A Catholic in the White House? 53 Smith’s supporters promoted a clear repudiation of religious bigotry and the Klan, which boasted an official membership of four million in 1924 and had helped elect governors and state legislators in the South, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest. McAdoo refused to repudiate the Klan.
The New York governor had publicly kissed the ring of papal ambassador Giovanni Bonzano in 1926. When New York Cardinal Patrick Hayes conducted the wedding service of Smith’s daughter in that year, Franklin Roosevelt’s political mentor, New York newspaperman Louis Howe, expressed fear of such open display of religious loyalty. ’’11 During the campaign, Smith volunteered to serve as an acolyte—an assistant to the clerical celebrant of a Catholic service—in New Jersey. ’’12 Smith’s selection of a Catholic, General Motors executive John J.
A Catholic in the White House?: Religion, Politics, and John F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign by T. Carty