By T. Carty
In keeping with 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. in spite of the fact that, if the presidential election of 1960 used to be 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 heritage, Thomas Carty demanding situations the belief that JFK's winning 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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Extra resources for A Catholic in the White House?: Religion, Politics, and John F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign
55 Roosevelt’s attention to Catholic voters facilitated his 1936 landslide, which substantially exceeded his 1932 margin of victory. As Roosevelt’s second term came to a close, Joe Kennedy and Jim Farley both received consideration for the presidency in 1940. ’’ Although many American 40 A Catholic in the White House? Jews rejected this proposal, which contradicted Zionist plans to settle in Palestine, Liberty magazine similarly speculated optimistically about Kennedy’s presidential prospects. ’’ Twelve years after Al Smith’s defeat, however, Catholicism proved just as sensitive a political issue.
Joe Kennedy did not openly endorse either candidate. ’’ Joseph P. S. and Vatican hierarchies, but they did not secure America’s highest office. President Roosevelt’s patronage opened many doors to Catholic politicians even though Al Smith and Father Coughlin actively opposed his domestic policies. The consideration of Catholics for the presidency might have been regarded as a substantial achievement for Farley and Kennedy, but the experience of 1940 taught these two politicians that anti-Catholicism remained a powerful barrier to the White House.
While managing Roosevelt’s presidential victories in 1932 and 1936 and serving as Democratic national chairman during FDR’s two terms, Farley established a personal network of political alliances across the country. ’’61 Glass challenged the Democrats to honor a spirit of inclusiveness that Roosevelt had earlier encouraged. Joe Kennedy did not openly endorse either candidate. ’’ Joseph P. S. and Vatican hierarchies, but they did not secure America’s highest office. President Roosevelt’s patronage opened many doors to Catholic politicians even though Al Smith and Father Coughlin actively opposed his domestic policies.
A Catholic in the White House?: Religion, Politics, and John F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign by T. Carty