RELIEF: Philosophy & Practice

When in 1931 President Hoover said, "No one is going hungry," he was expressing nothing more than a pious hope. It was definitely not a promise because he was unwilling to back his words with Federal funds. In the Hoover philosophy such a move was "un-American," therefore unthinkable. It was also unnecessary. Hungry U. S. citizens had always been fed by the private charity of their fellows. In Herbert Hoover's own experience as relief administrator that charity had overflowed to care for hungry Belgians, hungry Russians, hungry Americans caught in the...

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