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The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960

Shaun A. Casey


The 1960 presidential election, won ultimately by John F. Kennedy, was one of the closest and most contentious in American history. The country had never elected a Roman Catholic president, and the last time a Catholic had been nominated—New York Governor Al Smith in 1928—he was routed in the general election. From the outset, Kennedy saw the religion issue as the single most important obstacle on his road to the White House. He was acutely aware of, and deeply frustrated by, the possibility that his personal religious beliefs could keep him out of the White House. This book tells the fascinat ... More

Keywords: 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy, Catholicism, White House, religion question, Nixon, anti-Catholic sentiment, Billy Graham, Religious Right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195374483
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374483.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun A. Casey, author
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
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