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Bell Ringer: First Lady Lou Hoover and the Great Depression


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Guests discuss the influence of First Lady Lou Hoover in helping those affected by the Great Depression during her husband’s administration. (2 mins)


  • Author and historian Annette Dunlap
  • Emily Charnock, assistant producer Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


  • Great Depression
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How did Mrs. Hoover use her influence as First Lady to help those affected by the Great Depression? Which medium did she use to deliver her message?
  • According to author Annette Dunlap, how successful were Mrs. Hoover’s actions? What were the limitations?