HOOVER’S RESPONSE

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  • Created on: 21-04-18 08:27

THE BONUS ARMY

  • 1932: 21,000 veteran protestors demanded bonuses they’d been promised (WWI)

-Hoovered offered $100,000 for their transport home

  • refused to leave the army, led by agents Douglas McArthur, evicted them with tanks and tear gas: two lives lost
  • Hoover was blamed
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WAS HOOVER TO BLAME?

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WAS HOOVER TO BLAME?

YES

Mistakes: The Smoot Hawley Tariff, The Bonus Army - overconfidence.

Too litte too late! Said people weren't working hard enough and resused the gov to give direct aid to the poor and unemployed. An 'Us and Them' divide

NO

Was the worse economic crisis in history; "the most innocent bystander in history". 

Public opinion against him: Hoovervilles etc ; Republican dominated Congress: laissez-faire

Persuaded states to support programmes instead! Cut own and state officials wages by 20%

Some effort made: RFC, Emergency Relief & Constructing Act 

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