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The making of a Catholic president : Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 / Shaun A. Casey.

By: Casey, Shaun.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009Description: viii, 261 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780195374483; 0195374487.Subject(s): Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1960 | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963 | Catholics -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Religion and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Anti-Catholicism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- ReligionDDC classification: 322/.10973
Contents:
The ghost of Al Smith -- The lay of the land -- First skirmishes -- Preparing for battle -- Mobilizing the troops -- Guerilla warfare -- A lion in a den of Daniels -- The endgame.
Summary: In The Making of a Catholic President, Shaun Casey tells the fascinating story of how the Kennedy campaign transformed the "religion question" from a liability into an asset, making him the first (and still only) Catholic president. Drawing on extensive archival research, including many never-before-seen documents, Casey takes us inside the campaign to show Kennedy's chief advisors--Ted Sorensen, John Kenneth Galbraith, Archibald Cox--grappling with the staunch opposition to the candidate's Catholicism.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-234) and index.

The ghost of Al Smith -- The lay of the land -- First skirmishes -- Preparing for battle -- Mobilizing the troops -- Guerilla warfare -- A lion in a den of Daniels -- The endgame.

In The Making of a Catholic President, Shaun Casey tells the fascinating story of how the Kennedy campaign transformed the "religion question" from a liability into an asset, making him the first (and still only) Catholic president. Drawing on extensive archival research, including many never-before-seen documents, Casey takes us inside the campaign to show Kennedy's chief advisors--Ted Sorensen, John Kenneth Galbraith, Archibald Cox--grappling with the staunch opposition to the candidate's Catholicism.

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Library Journal Review

Casey (Christian ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary) examines John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign in terms of America's evolution from a politically Protestant nation to a pluralistic one. His extensive research includes speeches, editorials, and other supporting archival documents in which Kennedy denied fanning sectarian flames in order to drum up Catholic support. Kennedy declared his independence from religious pressure in his 1960 address before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, stating he would vote with his conscience in regards to the national interest and not according to church doctrine. But Nixon, with the support of Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peale, and Harold Ockenga, lit the fuse on anti-Catholic sentiment and was defeated. Nixon did say that he would support federal funding for parochial schools, which turned groups like some Texas Baptists against him and may have cost him the election. Nixon's alliance with religious communities foreshadowed the rise of the Religious Right. This thorough examination of religious dimensions of the 1960 political campaign is recommended for academic collections.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Just when one might think that there was no more to say about the fabled presidential election of 1960, a book like this comes along. Casey (ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary) tackles the complicated religious issues of the Kennedy/Nixon contest that ultimately resulted in JFK's being the only Catholic US president to date. This is not a book to compare with Theodore White's classic The Making of the President, 1960 (1961). While White tackled campaign strategies, debates, and the electoral process itself, from conventions to the drama of a close election night, Casey busies himself trying to comprehend the attitudes of mainstream Protestantism toward Catholicism 50 years ago. Of particular interest is the opposition to JFK's candidacy from liberal Protestants, such as Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam. Much of this fear seemed to stem from a belief that orthodox and conservative Catholic dogma would be imposed upon a secular US nation by a loyal Catholic determined to do the bidding of his faith. This detailed, probing account of the 1960 contest is must reading for those interested in matters of faith, culture, or politics. Fascinating. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. S. K. Hauser Marquette University

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<br> Shaun A. Casey is senior adviser for Religious Affairs and Evangelical Coordinator for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. Casey is also Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians at Wesley Theological Seminary. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.<br>

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