Election of 1928

Who were the candidates?What were the issues?Vote!Who won?What happened?

What were the issues?

Hoover pin

Hoover election pin

The Republican platform gave the GOP credit for the ongoing economic prosperity, expressed support for continuing prohibition, and pledged to continue the policies of the [Calvin] Coolidge administration.  Anticipating the continued prosperity of the 1920s, the Republicans called for "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage."

1928 letter from Mississippi Democratic Party agent

September 20, 1928 letter warning that prominent Democrats in Mississippi will not vote for Smith

The Democratic nominee, Alfred Smith, was an anti-prohibitionist and the first Roman Catholic to run for President.  Anti-Catholic prejudice against Smith was very strong, especially in the rural South.   It was believed that Smith's allegiance would lie with the Pope and not with the United States.

Who would you have voted for?


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