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Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) to Henry L. Stoddard

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00782.10 Author/Creator: Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) Place Written: s.l. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 8 July 1933 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: In a letter marked "Personal," Hoover writes critically about President Roosevelt and the New Deal. Comments on an economic conference and going off the gold standard. Provides a list of "misrepresentations and illusions held out from Washington" about New Deal policies that the American public is being fooled by, most of them pertaining to economic matters. Decries a lack of "encouragement to individual prudence and thrift, any encouragement to any holding to moral anchors in all of this situation" and blames it on the New Deal, an era "where white rabbits please and thrill the audience." Typed on personal stationery.

People: Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Stoddard, Henry L. (Henry Luther), 1861-1947.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.

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

Keywords/Subjects: New Deal, President Great Depression, Economics, Finance, Coins and Currency, Banking, Politics, Morality and Ethics

Sub Era: The Great Depression The New Deal