By T. Carty
In line with various 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 appeared to were conquer. even if, if the presidential election of 1960 was once certainly a turning element for American Catholics, how will 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 now not centuries, of non secular and political tensions among American Catholics and Protestants.
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51 Smith’s proximity to the immigrant experience politically animated nonwhite, non-Protestant Americans like no other previous candidate. While Montana Senator Thomas Walsh believed that a Catholic could win election to the presidency in 1924, he insisted that only a particular kind of candidate would secure the West and South. In Walsh’s opinion, Smith’s attraction for racial and religious minorities was insufficient to secure the presidency. Outside of Catholic, Jewish, and African American communities, suspicion of an urban, antiProhibition, machine politician such as Smith reinforced negative stereotypes of Catholicism.
C. ’’ A desire to respect the pluralist ideal of inclusiveness also encouraged these liberals to accept a Catholic for president. ’’32 Smith’s unique appeal for urban immigrants made the Catholic candidate particularly attractive to those Americans who sought social harmony between native-born and non-native citizens. Catholic rejection of Senator Walsh’s pursuit of the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination demonstrated how strongly Smith represented this religious group’s pluralist political ideals.
Lindley claimed that Roosevelt warned ‘‘one of the elderly stalwarts of the Democratic Party’’ that a Catholic would impair the party ticket. 57 Although FDR did not repudiate the Post story until more than a week later, the president claimed that a chief executive could not respond to every inaccurate story published in the newspapers. 58 According to Farley, even Cardinal Mundelein raised the specter of anti-Catholicism to prevent a challenge to Roosevelt’s pursuit of a third term. ’’59 Mundelein’s argument, as described by Farley, echoed Demo- Protestant America or a Nation of Immigrants?
A Catholic in the White House?: Religion, Politics, and John F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign by T. Carty