SAT Subject US History Practice Question 409: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 409

30. New York Governor Alfred Smith's 1928 campaign for the presidency marked the first time that

A. a New Yorker was ever on the ballot
B. the Democrats nominated the governor of a large state
C. a Catholic ran for president
D. a career politician was nominated to national office
E. the Democratic Convention reached a decision on the first ballot

Correct Answer: C


Smith lost the election in rural districts for various reasons, including the fact that he was a Catholic big-city politician.

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