The Hoover Years

Eric Rauchway

in The Great Depression and the New Deal

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195326345
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365609 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Hoover Years

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‘The Hoover Years’ assesses President Hoover's efforts to deal with the situation during his presidency. He initially attempted to reassure the population and preserve faith in the economic system, while encouraging ‘intelligent cooperation’ between industry leaders. This lack of direction, exacerbated by conflicting opinions among economic analysts, proved destructive to the economy, as banks began to collapse entirely and consumer spending fell. Hoover's eventual intervention was inadequate and too late. By refusing to directly assist workers, he failed to connect to the people — a move which cost him the 1932 election.

Keywords: Walter Bagehot; Calvin Coolidge; Clarence Darrow; George; Herbert Hoover; Thomas; trade

Chapter.  4658 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; US History 1900 - 1945

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