Broadside: The Roman Catholic Altar Boy Congressman Lister Hill
Birmingham: Davis Printing Co, 1928. First Edition. Anti-Catholic, anti-miscegenation, anti-Congressman Al Smith flyer issued during the presidential election of 1928. Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1928, running against Herbert Hoover. J. Lister Hill, a former Roman Catholic, was, at the time, a representative from Alabama (Hill would eventually serve as a Senator from Alabama for over 30 years). The photographic illustration shows a white woman holding newborn triplets, with the baby in the middle darker than the two outer children--the result of the woman being married to a black man. "In 1913, when Al Smith was Speaker of the New York Assembly, a bill was introduced to prohibit this unholy and sinful practice; it died in the committee, of which Franklin Roosevelt was Chairman...Go to the polls on November 6th and vote for Hoover and forever drive this wretched monster from our political life." A somewhat disorganized piece of fear-mongering, using an example of miscegenation in Brooklyn to evoke Catholic antipathy in Alabama. No copies in OCLC as of May, 2016. Photo-illustrated broadside (30.5x22.75cm.); previous folds, very shallow strips of toning to extremities, contemporary pencil floorplan to verso, else Very Good and sound. (Inventory #: 29962)
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