Hoover: Master of Disaster
Most people think of Herbert Hoover in the context of Black Tuesday and the Dust Bowl, the two largest causes of the Great Depression in the United States. He was viewed as a cold man who would not provide food for those starving in his own country.
Debatable views of Hoover
 
From the beginning, with his election to office in 1929, he encouraged more volunteer efforts from state governments to combat the recession. An example is his attempt to increase the pace of public works, which came at the cost of raising taxes. However, in conjunction with employers, he also worked to keep wages high. Despite this, when the massive drought rolled through the Midwest, the recession turned into the Great Depression. Hoover’s greatest fear at the onset of the Depression was that an excess of government aid would destroy American individualism and self-reliance.
 
Many worked hard during the 30s

In turn, he promoted his previous non-government approach. All of these problems, worsened by the collapse of European banking, sent the United States into a dark period in its history–one almost always attributed to Herbert Hoover.

Children during the Great Depression (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)
   
However, we would like to present you with a view of many Europeans, that of Hoover: Master of Emergencies.

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Created by: Ross Byerly, Kim Nelson, Desiree Clark, Meredith Tinney, Keziah Low
Special thanks to Craig Wright, Maureen Harding, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum
Site launched: November 20, 2006
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