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Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) to Bruce Barton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00691 Author/Creator: Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) Place Written: Palo Alto, California Type: Typed letter signed Date: 3 October 1933 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Comments on retirement: "A smoking President receives enough pipes to last a life time. Likewise fishing tackle. It is the only endowment he gets, except a troubled soul." Also mentions that "The country is going sour on the New Deal." Expresses his fear that the country will veer further left politically, and after the "middle class (80% of America) realizes it ruin" will veer back to the far right, "into some American interpretation of Hitler or Mussolini." Marked "personal" with one manuscript addition at the end.

People: Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Barton, Bruce, 1886-1967.

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: President Tobacco and Smoking, Sports and Games, Government and Civics, Politics, Economics, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The Great Depression The New Deal