A Portrait Of President Herbert HooverPolitically unaffiliated throughout the early 1920s, both Republicans and Democrats eyed Herbert Hoover as a potential candidate for president. At the time of his landslide victory in 1928 – as a Republican – Hoover was, by many accounts, the most respected man in America. But just months after Hoover took office, he found himself in the middle of one of America’s greatest economic crises: the stock market crash of 1929, massive unemployment, and the beginning of the Great Depression. With expert scholarly analysis, Hoover’s story unfolds in dramatic fashion as the film examines
the strengths and weaknesses of a man destined to both win and lose the presidency of the United States in an election landslide. An Iowa orphan, Hoover was a self-made millionaire at an early age with a vast expertise in leadership, crisis management, and humanitarian work. His two terms as Secretary of Commerce have been hailed as extraordinary, leaving a legacy that continues to impact the American way of life. Yet his policy decisions as president around employment and monetary and fiscal policy continue to provoke strong criticism from politicians and leaders today. Could the Depression have been averted? Did Hoover have the tools and experience necessary to stimulate an economic recovery? How did the decisions made during his presidency impact the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt? These are only some of the questions Herbert Hoover: Landslide seeks to answer.
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