Author Talk: The Revolution of ’28
Where: New York Public Library—Grand Central Library
135 E. 46th St.
212-621-0670 Price: Free
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Author Robert Chiles explores the career of New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith, peering into Smith’s work and uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans in the early twentieth century. Chiles charts the rise of that idiomatic progressivism during Smith’s early years as a state legislator through his time as governor of the Empire State in the 1920s, before proceeding to a revisionist narrative of the 1928 presidential campaign, exploring the ways in which Smith’s gubernatorial progressivism was presented to a national audience.
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