In underscoring his policy in the South with a southern journey, Herbert Hoover was carrying on a Republican Party tradition dating back to 1877. Hoover sought to become a national president by breaking down the Democratic Party's electoral dominance in the states of the former Confederacy. The inroads made by Hoover during his 1928 campaign seemed to represent the fulfillment of a dream for Republican success in Dixieland that had largely eluded Republican presidents since 1877. The Elizabethton address was one of only eight major speeches that Hoover made while campaigning for the presidency in 1928, and as mentioned, it was the only one delivered in what was considered to be a traditionally southern state. Hoover laid the foundation for the strategy with his Elizabethton speech and then added levels to it during a critically important press conference during his first year in office.
Keywords: policy; South; Herbert Hoover; Republican Party; president; Democratic Party; Confederacy; Elizabethton address
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Subjects: History of the Americas
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