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Alfred E. Smith, the happy warrior /
Christopher M. Finan.
1st ed.
New York : Hill and Wang, 2002.
x, 396 p. : ill.
0809030330 (alk. paper)
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New York : Hill and Wang, 2002.
0809030330 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
"Al Smith was such an important figure in American politics. It is wonderful to have a compact, up-to-date treatment of his life written in so lively and engaging a manner." --Elisabeth Israels Perry, Saint Louis University "In this provocative and readable biography, Chris Finan offers new and rare insights into one of America's most misunderstood and enigmatic leaders." --Timothy J. Gilfoyle, Loyola University Chicago
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Main Description
A challenging biography of one of America's most controversial politicians Alfred E. Smith lost the 1928 presidential election by a landslide. Herbert Hoover and the Republicans sailed into office on a wave of prosperity, the promise of a chicken in every pot, and the support of the Ku Klux Klan. The brash, Catholic anti-Prohibitionist from New York's Lower East Side seemed never to have stood a chance. The meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the "Happy Warrior" are well known--from his job at the Fulton Fish Market through his years in the state legislature and as four-time governor of New York to his crushing defeat in 1928 and his final, puzzling defection from the Democratic party in 1936. Christopher M. Finan offers new insights into Smith's early years in New York politics and provides a fascinating interpretation of Smith's break with Roosevelt, which, he believes, was more FDR's doing than Smith's. Finan argues persuasively that Roosevelt captured the Democratic nomination in 1932 by seeking the support of Smith's enemies, including the southern, anti-Catholic Democrats who had rejected Smith four years earlier. In addition, Finan skillfully explores Smith's personal life, uncovering compelling information about Smith's financial dealings during his governorship. The result is a full, nuanced study, written with verve and zeal, of an intriguing--and misunderstood--politician.
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When Herbert Hoover sailed into office in 1928, Alfred E. Smith lost by a landslide. Now Finan pens a challenging biography of Smith--one of America's most controversial politicians. 24 illustrations.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. 3
Great Expectationsp. 7
Making Itp. 28
Strangers at the Doorp. 49
Doing Goodp. 72
Reconstructionp. 104
The Vocation of Politicsp. 129
The Klan Rides Againp. 157
Protestant Triumphp. 187
The Gateway of Opportunityp. 231
Return of the Happy Warriorp. 255
Repeal and Reformp. 286
Minority Leaderp. 318
Epiloguep. 346
Notesp. 351
Bibliographic Essayp. 373
Indexp. 379
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