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History HiJinks: Herbert Hoover by William E. Leuchtenburg
Monday, February 6, 2012
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)
History HiJinks is the name of our wonderful book club at the Providence Public Library. Always informative and entertaining, we meet once a month (usually the first Monday night) from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. We’re big fans of the democratic process and welcome new members regardless of their history background.
To sign up, email or call Anne: firstname.lastname@example.org; 401-453-6163.
February Book: Herbert Hoover by William E. Leuchtenburg
Catapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover—an engineer by training—exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s. As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America’s first crisis of the twentieth century: the Great Depression.
Renowned New Deal historian William E. Leuchtenburg demonstrates how Hoover was blinkered by his distrust of government and his belief that volunteerism would solve all social ills. As Leuchtenburg shows, Hoover’s attempts to enlist the aid of private- sector leaders did little to mitigate the Depression, and he was routed from office by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. From his retirement at Stanford University, Hoover remained a vocal critic of the New Deal and big government until the end of his long life.