The making of a Catholic president : Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 / Shaun A. Casey.
By: Casey, Shaun.Material type: TextPublisher: 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 LOC classification: E837.7 | .C38 2009
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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.