Guide to the Democratic presidential campaign of 1928 in Alabama Papers, RG 57

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003

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20 items; 1 file folder.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Alfred Smith was nominated by the Democrats at their convention in Houston, Texas on the second ballot. Smith was the first Roman Catholic to run for the presidency. The major issues in the campaign were religion and prohibition. Attacks were made against Smith, claiming that if elected he would make Catholicism the national religion. The Alabama campaign against Smith failed as 51.3 percent of the state's voters chose Smith over Hoover.

Scope and Content:
Consists of research material used by Hugh D. Reagan in his doctoral dissertation, "The Presidential Campaign of 1928 in Alabama," including typescripts of affidavits (1928) accounting campaign contributions and expenditures of political parties in Alabama; and microfilm of correspondence (1928) between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alabama Democrats about the campaign. Includes materials documenting the anti-Catholic campaign against Alfred Smith for president.

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