THE TRIUMPH of HERBERT HOOVER, 1928 With Coolidge bowing out of the 1928 presidential election, Republicans nominated Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover. Still squabbling Democrats nominated Alfred Smith – what qualities made him unattractive to many Americans?Radio figured prominently in this campaignfor the first time, and it helped Hoover morethan Smith.
Hoover triumphed in a landslide and a huge Republican majority was returned to the House ofRepresentatives.
And Hoover was the first Republican candidate in 52 years, except for Harding’s victoryin Tennessee in 1920, to carry a state that had seceded – why the success in the Southfor Hoover?
Hoover was an intriguing figure – describehis personal & political background.
PRESIDENT HOOVER’S FIRST MOVES Prosperity in the late ’20’s smiled broadly as the Hoover years began. Soaring stocks continued to defy the laws of financial gravitation. But two immense groups were not getting their share of the riches: the unorganized wage earners & especially the disorganized farmers. Describe Hoover’s personal & political philosophies.
Hoover did respond to the outcry ofthe farmers with the AgriculturalMarketing Act (1929) – how was thisprogram designed to help farmers?He also called Congress into specialsession to bring about “limited”changes in the tariff.The result was the Hawley-SmootTariff (1930) – what was thesignificance of this tariff?