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Robert A. Slayton is Associate Professor of history at Chapman University. A New Yorker by birth, he is the author of Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy and New Homeless and Old: Community and the Skid Row Hotel. He lives in Orange County, California.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944, Presidential candidates United States Biography, Governors New York (State) Biography, United States Politics and government 1901-1953, Presidents United States Election 1928, New York (State) Politics and government 1865-1950, Irish Americans Biography, Catholics United States Biography