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September 21, 1928

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 21, 1928

* Al Smith's Oklahoma City speech
* Democratic candidate - U.S. president

The top of the front page has a two column headline: "SMITH ASSAILS INTOLERANCE, ANSWERS FOES ON RECORD, OKLAHOMA CROWD CHEERS" with subheads. (see) Complete text of Smith's speech on page 2.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 60 pages, piece torn away at bottom right corner with a little text loss (see), a few small binding slits along the spine, otherwise nice.

wikipedia notes: Al Smith made an important campaign speech in Oklahoma City denouncing intolerance and addressing the issue of his religion directly. Smith said that he owed it to the country to discuss "frankly and openly" the "attempt of Senator Owen and the forces behind him to inject bigotry, hatred, intolerance and un-American sectarian division" into the campaign. Smith called it "sad" that "in view of countless billions of dollars we have poured into the cause of public education, to see some American citizens proclaiming themselves hundred percent American and then in the very document in which they make that proclamation suggesting that I be defeated for the presidency because of my religious belief." Smith also called the Ku Klux Klan "totally ignorant of the history and traditions of this country and its institutions."

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