#1
Hey i've got to write an essay and the topic is "Was Hoover responsible for the great depression?"

I dont think it is entirely his fault but he definately did not do much to help and I am having a bit of writers block atm so can anybody here possibly help me out with it?
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No, it happened during his Presidency, but he didn't directly cause it.


Hoover didn't do much because he didn't want to spend ridiculous amounts of money on a solution that may or may not work.

If I were alive around the time, I'd have favor Hoover's more conservative approach. FDR spent heaps of money out the wazoo for something that might not have worked. It wasn't even FDR that pulled us out of the depression, we weren't really recovered until WWII stimulated the economy.
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But interestingly though, Herbert Hoover was a Republican.

George W. Bush - Republican.

Both were in office when a depression / recession occurred.

Think about THAT.
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But interestingly though, Herbert Hoover was a Republican.

George W. Bush - Republican.

Both were in office when a depression / recession occurred.

So there ya go.


Abraham Lincoln was a republican...
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Yeah, the bastard. I hate that guy.

The only guys I hate more are Coolidge & a couple guys that play for the Anaheim Ducks. F#@k 'em all.

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I know this doesn't help with your essay, but I feel a f#@k of a lot better.
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FWIW-Hoover didn't cause teh Depression. He facilitated it.


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And I bet you're a Republican too.


I'm unaffiliated. It's find aligning with a party silly. I'd rather vote based on what I believe... not due to loyalty to a party.
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But interestingly though, Herbert Hoover was a Republican.

George W. Bush - Republican.

Both were in office when a depression / recession occurred.

Think about THAT.


Did you know the parties used to be completely opposite? And did you also know that a Democratic JFK would be most compatibe with the current republican party.....
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Did you know the parties used to be completely opposite? And did you also know that a Democratic JFK would be most compatibe with the current republican party.....


Well it seems as though America is getting progressively more liberal. Hey back in the 1850's wanting to free slaves would be considered radical liberalism.
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Hoover's laissez faire approach combined with rugged individualism, helped the economy to rise and then buying on the margin pretty much destroyed it. You could also say the saturation in the car market and the drop of demand for now common household goods also messed things up. Also it may not be relevant but the dustbowl might also be one thing to look into. Hoover doesn't do anything to help but that isn't in your title.
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To state that Hoover was completely responsible, or not responsible, is to over simplify the question. Hoover rode on a wave of isolationist ethos; not spending on infastructure, cutting taxes for the rich and generally setting the country up for a big fall.

The depression was bound to happen no matter what, but Hoover's administration only heightened the boom and deepened the bust. To give him some credit, there was no precedent as to what would happen; there had, as of the 1920's been no previous depressions. There was really no way they could've predicted a fall as devastating as the Great Depression.

Hoover was a ****tard though. Corrupt as a mexican police chief

In short, Hoover didn't cause the depression, he just made it an arseload worse.
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according to My US history teacher,The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act played a big role in the depression and hoover was the one that signed the bill into action
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Yes. My Hoover just broke, now my house is dirty & I'm depressed.

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WOW. I've never even come into teh Pit because of gross ignorance. Now THIS proves me wrong. GoD love UG.


Haha, do I sense sarcasm?

And for TS with writers block, just throw a 'however' in there bout halfway through and totally contradict whatever you just said. History teachers love the pants off that
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No, he was not responsible, but he didn't help it. The cause of the Depression was irresponsible and unchecked lending practices allowing people to buy stock with small amounts of cash actually corresponding to the value of their stock (replace stock with mortages and you have what just happened). This lead to a major crash in the value of stocks when banks finally called on the loans people had taken and couldn't pay back. This (as well as overproduction) lead to the great depression.

All of these things were happening before Hoover was elected, not that he didn't support the same idiotic laissez-faire economic ideals. Essentially, unchecked capitalism is bound to collapse onto itself.
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Essentially, unchecked capitalism is bound to collapse onto itself.

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