Bell Ringer: First Lady Lou Hoover and the Great Depression



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?