old, and Lou Hoover had to look toward the future and a life of their
own with no children to raise, with or without political ambitions.
Then in August of 1927, Calvin Coolidge had a surprise of his own,
and once again Hoover's future direction was, more or less, decided for
David Burner, Herbert Hoover. A Public Life ( New York: Knopf, 1979), p. 157; Herbert Hoover, The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933 ( New York: Macmillan, 1952) [hereafter referred to as Hoover
memoirs, vol. 2), p. 36.
2. For a discussion of Hoover's agricultural policies during his Commerce
Secretary era, see Joan Hoff Wilson, "Hoover's Agricultural Policies 1921-1928", Agricultural History, 51, no. 2 ( April 1977), pp. 335-61; Gary H. Koerselman, "Secretary Hoover and National Farm Policy: Problems of Leadership", in ibid., pp. 378-95. For a general philosophical discussion of the Hoover contribution during
this period, see Ellis W. Hawley, "Herbert Hoover, the Commerce Secretariat, and
the Vision of an 'Associate State,' 1921-1928", Journal of American History, 61,
no. 1 ( June 1974), pp. 116-40. 3.
Eugene Lyons, Our Unknown Ex-President. A Portrait of Herbert Hoover
( Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1948), p. 201.
David Lawrence, "Hoover as Cabinet Member Pleases Official Washington", Sacramento Union, Feb. 27, 1921. See also Harold Phelps Stokes, "Hoover's
Strength to Have Early Test", New York Post, Feb. 25, 1921, p. 1; "Revitalizing a
Department", New York Times editorial, Feb. 25, 1921; "Hoover Named for Commerce Post in Cabinet", Washington Herald, Feb. 25, 1921, p. 1; "Mr. Harding's
Cabinet", Washington Post editorial, Feb. 25, 1921; "Hoover Accepts Place in
Cabinet; Keeps Relief Post", The New York Times, Feb. 25, 1921, p. 1.
"Hoover", New Republic, March 9, 1921, p. 29.
"Hoover Accepts; Gets Free Hand to Make Big Job", New York World, Feb. 25, 1921.
"Johnson Henchmen Backing Hoover", New York World, Feb. 25, 1921.
For a complete discussion of the Harding presidency, see Francis Russell, The Shadow of Blooming Grove. Warren C. Harding in His Times ( New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968), pp. 437-603; and Charles L. Mee Jr., The Ohio Gang. The
World of Warren C. Harding ( New York: M. Evans, 1981), pp. 117-233.
Mee, Ohio Gang, pp. 126-28.
Hoover memoirs, vol. 2, p. 41.
Dorothy McGee, Herbert Hoover: Engineer, Humanitarian, Statesman
( New York: Dodd, Mead, 1959), pp. 196-97.
Burner, Herbert Hoover, p. 163. This study will confine its discussion of
radio largely to how Hoover was perceived by a public that listened to him on
the radio during his presidency. For a more complete discussion of radio and Hoover during his Commerce years in the 1920s, however, see Louise Margaret Benjamin
, "Radio Regulation in the 1920s: Free Speech Issues in the Development of Radio and the Radio Act of 1927"
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Book title: Bylines in Despair:Herbert Hoover, the Great Depression, and the U.S. News Media.
Contributors: Louis W. Liebovich - Author.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1994.
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