A historiography of President Herbert Hoover’s Actions in the Great Depression



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A Historiography of President Herbert Hoover’s Actions in the Great Depression

Lesson Overview

This is a historiographical paper over the actions Herbert Hoover took as President during the Great Depression. A historiographical paper is an analysis of multiple sources, over multiple years. More simply put, a historiographical paper is studying how history has been written over the years. The paper begins with an analysis of writings done in the 1930’s, when Hoover was still President, and continues through the years, ending in the more modern time of 2009. The reader will be able to analyze how authors have viewed and written about Hoover for over sixty years, and how opinions have changed over those years. The paper will also offer references to educators or researchers, who wish to find scholarly sources on Herbert Hoover. To supplement the writing, primary sources have been added, which is intended to give students practice with primary documents.


Lesson Author

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Krista Sellers

School:

Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa


Lesson Audience

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High School

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Student will:

  1. Be able to analyze and exam over sixty years worth of writings on Herbert Hoover.

  2. Be able to analyze primary documents, and make connections between the primary documents and the text.





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  1. A Historiography of President Herbert Hoover’s Actions in the Great Depression.

  2. Computer to access hyperlinks.




Online Resources (hyperlink)

  1. Letter from Quaker asking Herbert Hoover about charity. Letter Page 1Letter Page 2Letter Page 3Letter Page 4Full Transcript of Letter

  2. Letter from Civil War Widow asking for help. Letter Page 1Letter Page 2Full Transcript of Letter

  3. Letter asking Hoover to extend Government aid. Letter Page 1Full Transcript of Letter

  4. Letter asking Hoover to give millions in Federal Aid. Letter Page 1Full Transcript of Letter

  5. Letter to Theodore Joslin, Secretary to Herbert Hoover. Joslin’s response included. Letter Page 1Letter Page 2Letter Page 3Letter Page 4Letter Page 5Letter Page 6Joslin ResponseFull Transcript of Letter

  6. Letter from a congregation asking for Hoover’s help. Letter Page 1Full Transcript of Letter

  7. Letter describing one man’s loyalty to Hoover. Hoover’s response included. Letter Page 1Hoover ResponseFull Transcript of Letter




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Teaching with Primary Sources -Hoover Presidential Library and Historical Site



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