As President of the United States at the beginning of the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover’s reputation hasn’t held up all too well. Viewed by some as culpable in the calamity, Hoover was largely disfavored by Americans when he left office in 1932. But 20 years after his election loss, the man himself pointed towards something else as having been responsible.
Starting with the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the Great Depression represents a sorry chapter in U.S. history. It marked a whole decade or so of harsh living among Americans, with many even forced to leave the country. All in all, it was a time defined by huge levels of poverty and unemployment, as well as a broadly pessimistic outlook.