Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Editor's Foreword

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pp. ix-x

Lou Henry Hoover was a star-crossed first lady. Her four years in the White House came between the tenure of the stylish Grace Coolidge and the extended stay of the controversial Eleanor Roosevelt. As a result, Hoover’s record has faded in the popular mind to the point...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book resulted from a conversation I had with Lewis L. Gould in the summer of 1998. It is to Lew that I owe my largest intellectual debt in terms of conceptualizing and completing this project. I also benefited from stimulating conversations with and comments from several historians who aided my efforts: Deborah Blackwell, Bill...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-5

Lou Henry Hoover filled many roles over the course of her vibrant life. She was an activist, a wife, a mother, a philanthropist, a geologist, an outdoorswoman, a clubwoman, a writer, a progressive, and a conservative. Because she undertook these diverse activities on her...

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1. From Tomboy to First Lady

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pp. 6-49

Lou Henry Hoover remained rooted in the experiences of her rural Waterloo, Iowa, childhood and her formative years in California. Born on 29 March 1874 to Florence Weed and Charles D. Henry, she was the first of two daughters. Her youthful activities, many of...

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2. An Activist First Lady in Traditional Washington

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pp. 50-82

Inauguration day, 4 March 1929, dawned cold and rainy. The Hoovers had dined with the Coolidges at the White House the night before. The following morning, Lou Henry Hoover donned a plum velvet outfit and rode to the Capitol for the ceremonies. At almost...

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3. From Private Philanthropy to Relief Politics

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pp. 83-110

Just as the stock market crash and the Great Depression remade Herbert Hoover’s presidency, these events transformed Lou Henry Hoover’s tenure as first lady. Before economic catastrophe became the focus of public attention, though, Lou Hoover established a...

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4. Girl Scouting and the Depression

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pp. 111-139

Becoming first lady and encountering the Great Depression caused Lou Henry Hoover to recast her voluntary activism. Her official duties as the nation’s premier hostess impinged on the time available for club work, specifically with the Girl Scouts, which had become...

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5. Lou Henry Hoover in Public and Private

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pp. 140-165

Midway through the Hoover presidency, Grace Coolidge remarked to Lou Henry Hoover, “I hope we may get together sometime and really tell one another what we think and feel. Perhaps ’twere better to wait until we are both private citizens and feel that we have...

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6. Conservative Politics after the White House

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pp. 166-190

For Lou Henry Hoover, 4 March 1933 was a bittersweet day. Though never completely comfortable as first lady, Hoover felt her husband’s loss to Franklin D. Roosevelt the previous November both deeply and personally. At every turn, she encountered the often...

Notes

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pp. 191-218

Bibliographic Essay

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pp. 219-228

Index

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pp. 229-238

Back Cover

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