The Politics of American Individualism: Herbert Hoover in Transition, 1918-1921

The Politics of American Individualism: Herbert Hoover in Transition, 1918-1921

The Politics of American Individualism: Herbert Hoover in Transition, 1918-1921

The Politics of American Individualism: Herbert Hoover in Transition, 1918-1921

Synopsis

"This model study is clearly a work for scholars.... [It] reflects exhaustive research; it is well narrated and offers cogent explanations of Hoover's general social ideas of market capitalism buttressed by co-operative planning of business and labor." -Library Journal

Excerpt

In September 1919, Herbert Hoover returned to the United States from his work as director of European relief and rehabilitation under the Paris Peace Conference. He returned with a record of administrative and humanitarian accomplishments which commended him as a "practical idealist" to many who were prominent in American life. His service in President Woodrow Wilson's "war cabinet," his support of Wilson on the eve of the 1918 congressional elections, and his outspoken advocacy of ratification of the Versailles Treaty, all seemed to stamp him as a Wilsonian Democrat and as a possible standard-bearer for the party in 1920. Yet, less than eighteen months later Hoover had attained such prominence in the Republican Party that the gop president-elect, Warren G. Harding, invited him to enter his cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.

It was during this political interlude, between two periods of public service, that the direction was imparted to Hoover's political career that was to lead to the presidency of the United States in 1929. But more than that, this was a period during which he began to articulate the public philosophy of American Individualism which, though often misunderstood, came to be linked with his name for nearly half a century. the study of the relationship between the programs advocated by Hoover during this political interlude in the name of American Individualism, and . . .

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