Herbert Hoover’s Crusade against Collectivism and the Challenge to Liberty


The conference examined Herbert Hoover's ongoing criticism of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Harry Truman's Fair Deal as well as the justification for their programs as outlined in speeches and addresses. It also provided a critical assessment of Hoover's economic policies and his defense of his program.


Conference Readings

Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century, Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007.

Anderson, Benjamin M. Economics and the Public Welfare: A Financial and Economic History of the United States, 1914-1946. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1980.

Hoover, Herbert. The Crusade Years, 1933-1955. Edited by George H. Nash. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2013.

Hoover, Herbert. “Address to the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, May 1, 1930.” presidency.ucsb.edu. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/print.php?pid=22185 (June 15, 2015).

Truman, Harry. “Democratic Nomination Speech, 1948.” pbs.org. http://www.pbs.org/wghb/american experience/features/primary-resources/truman-nomination48/ (June 11, 2015).

Truman, Harry S. “Inaugural Address, January 20, 1949.” presidency.ucsb.edu. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=13282 (June 11, 2015).

Truman, Harry S. “Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 5, 1949.” presidency.ucsb.edu. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=13293 (June 11, 2015).

Truman, Harry S. “Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 8, 1951.” presidency.ucsb.edu. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=14017 (June 11, 2015).