Trouble in River City:  Hoover describes Aunt Hannah’s Prophesy

By Thomas F. Schwartz A classic Broadway musical is Meredith Willson’s Music Man.  Willson, a native of Mason City, Iowa, places the musical in River City, Iowa, a veiled reference to Mason City lying along the Winnebago River.  Con man Professor Harold Hill convinces the townspeople that a boy’s band is a wholesome alternative to … Continue reading Trouble in River City:  Hoover describes Aunt Hannah’s Prophesy

Who was Elijah Parrish Lovejoy? Why Should Hoover Invoke Him? Why Should We Care?

On November 7th, 1937, Hoover addressed students and faculty at Colby College, invoking Elijah Parrish Lovejoy, American martyr who died defending freedom of the press.  Hoover’s audience knew the Lovejoy story well.  I did not.  Lovejoy was a Colby College graduate and class poet who moved to St. Louis in 1827.  He became an abolitionist … Continue reading Who was Elijah Parrish Lovejoy? Why Should Hoover Invoke Him? Why Should We Care?

Herbert Hoover: Elder Statesman on the Move, November 1954

Traveling to Germany at President Eisenhower’s behest, Hoover gave three speeches in three days to German audiences.  Hoover was eighty years old at the time, yet he did not hesitate.  When his President called, Hoover answered.  He wrote three major policy speeches, edited them en route to Germany, and delivered them to three distinct audiences. … Continue reading Herbert Hoover: Elder Statesman on the Move, November 1954

College Football, and Mythicism, 1890s, 1950, 2020

In presenting Bud Wilkinson the 1949 Football Coach of the Year award in January 1950, Hoover said: ‘Sports have become an integral part of our American civilization. And we may be grateful that so far the advance in social concepts has left them out of governmental regimentation. Sports are still a free enterprise, and because … Continue reading College Football, and Mythicism, 1890s, 1950, 2020

John W. Hill on Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy

By Thomas F. Schwartz In his memoir, The Making of a Public Relations Man, John W. Hill, founder of the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton, Inc., devoted a chapter, “Hoover and Kennedy—A Study in Contrasts.”  Hill was a friend of Herbert Hoover so much of his assessment was not based upon hearsay from others … Continue reading John W. Hill on Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy

HERBERT HOOVER AND THE SUPREME COURT

by Craig Wright Construction began on a permanent home for the Supreme Court, and Herbert Hoover’s three appointees to the Court facilitated the transition of the Court from judicial activism to judicial restraint in economic issues. The Hughes Era Begins In early 1930, Chief Justice William Howard Taft resigned because of ill health. Herbert Hoover … Continue reading HERBERT HOOVER AND THE SUPREME COURT

In remembrance of Professor Ellis Wayne Hawley

A great friend of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum died on September 15.  Professor Ellis Hawley mentored generations of undergraduate and graduate students from 1957 to his retirement in 1994.  He began his career on faculty of North Texas State University, moving to Ohio State University, and ending his career at the University … Continue reading In remembrance of Professor Ellis Wayne Hawley

Herbert Hoover and the 1930 Drought, continued

Part 2 -- The Great Humanitarian Stumbles [For Part 1, see https://hoover.blogs.archives.gov/2020/09/16/herbert-hoover-and-the-1930-drought/ ] At first, Hoover’s drought relief plan was widely praised;  it seemed that he had come up with a perfect combination of Federal leadership and local control.  The state and local committees went to work with enthusiasm.  But as summer turned to fall … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and the 1930 Drought, continued

Herbert Hoover and the 1930 Drought

Part 1 -- The Forgotten Crisis For many Americans, 1930 was a year of struggle as the national economy sank into what became the Great Depression. In the history books, the stock market and urban unemployment often take center stage, leaving aside the hardships of rural America.  Already reeling from a decade of depressed prices … Continue reading Herbert Hoover and the 1930 Drought