Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats

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Basic Books, Jul 1, 2008 - Political Science - 464 pages
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In 1960, Democrats and Catholics united to elect John F. Kennedy, America’s first Catholic president. As we approach the 2008 presidential election, the Democratic party is struggling to secure Catholic votes. For most of the twentieth-century, however, the Catholic vote was solidly Democratic. In Left at the Altar, Michael Sean Winters chronicles the rise and fall of this vital alliance, and offers compelling arguments for its revival. For the Democrats, the stakes could not be higher: The explosive growth of the Latino population will make the Catholic vote decisive in the twenty-first century. The stakes are high for Catholics, too: In their defection to the Republican party, Catholics have drifted from their traditional advocacy of core values including peace and social justice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Priest and the President
7
The Uneven Assimilation
37
Kennedys Private Faith
69
Race Vietnam and Vatican II
89
Abortion and the Collapse of the
113
From Roe to Reagan
135
From Cuomo to Kerry
157
Human Dignity the Common Good
183
Latinos and the Rebirth of the
211
Acknowledgments
223
Index
237
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Michael Sean Winters has worked as a speechwriter for top political candidates including General Wesley Clark (ret.), and is currently completing his doctorate in Church History at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has written for The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, Washingtonian, Dallas Morning News, Slate.com, and America, and has appeared as a commentator on "ABC News” and "Capital Sunday.” He lives in Washington, D.C.

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