Al Smith, 1928

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Al Smith, 1928

Description

Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944) was a Catholic and a three-term governor of New York (from 1919-1921, and 1923-1929) who ran for U.S. president on the Democratic ticket in 1928. His candidacy inspired vehement anti-Catholic reactions from some factions of the American populace which in turn spurred the the Catholic hierarchy to establish the National Conference on Apologetics. (View the Anti-catholic Literature Collection to see more information about the anti-Catholic response to Smith's presidential campaign.) Smith joined other Catholic leaders in delivering an anti-Nazi broadcast in 1938 that denounced German violence against Jewish people and property during Kristallnacht.


This item is part of the background to the American Catholics and Nazi Antisemitism section.

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Chicago Daily News

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Library of Congress American Memory Digital Exhibit

Date

1928

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress Public Domain Photographs [DN-0086890]

Citation

Chicago Daily News, “Al Smith, 1928,” American Catholic History Classroom, accessed July 13, 2024, https://cuomeka.wrlc.org/items/show/127.

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