National Affairs: THE DEFEAT OF THE HAPPY WARRIOR

In the 1960 debate over a Roman Catholic's chances of winning the presidency, many an argument is cinched with a reference to Al Smith's campaign of 1928. But many a 1960 crystal ball is clouded by a clouded memory of what really happened in 1928. This was it:

CAREFREE 1928 was a year of peace, prosperity, bootleg booze and "whoopee." Commander Richard E. Byrd set out on his first Antarctic expedition, and Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic. Thornton Wilder won a Pulitzer Prize for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Warner Brothers released the first all-talking picture,...

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