Is It to Be Murder, Mr. Hoover?
Is it to be mass murder, Herbert Hoover? Murder by starvation, murder by disease, murder by killing all hope–and the soul?…
Do you know what is happening?… Have you not heard that city authorities in St. Louis and the charitable agencies have just turned adrift 13,000 families which they can no longer support, while the city of Detroit has dropped 18,000 who now have…no assurance that even a single crust of bread will be forthcoming for their support?… Did you read that eight hundred men marched into the Indiana State Capitol last week demanding food, declaring that if they were not given help they would return 300,000 strong? Have you learned that the police in St. Louis have already fired on a mob demanding bread? Have you not read of the town of Clinton, Mass., where on July 7 “more than three hundred men, women, and crying children crowded the corridors of the Town Hall appealing for food”–only to learn that the town treasury has been exhausted, that it is unable to borrow a cent from any bank, and that it has been, and still is, trying to support one out of every six residents of the town who are destitute?
–Editorial, August 3, 1932
The hardly bought achievements of the machine age in the hands of our generation are as dangerous as a razor in the hands of a three-year-old child.
–Albert Einstein, “The 1932 Disarmament Conference,” an anticipatory essay, September 21, 1931
A command was given and the cavalry charged the crowd with drawn sabers.
–Paul Y. Anderson, “Tear-Gas, Bayonets, and Votes,” on the military assault in Washington, DC, against the “Bonus Army” of poor veterans and their families, August 17, 1932
The Pot and the Kettle: Roosevelt and Hoover Militarists Both
We must not forget that Mr. Roosevelt favored our intervention in Mexico…. He connived in and welcomed the pulling down of the Haitian Republic. He has twice denied to The Nation that he made the remark attributed to him in the press…that he had written the Haitian constitution and forced it down the throats of the Haitians. But he does not deny that he was entirely satisfied with what was done in Haiti and particularly with the act of Smedley Butler in dispersing the Haitian legislature with a pistol in his hand and a battalion of marines at his back.
–Oswald Garrison Villard, October 26, 1932
Even though the change to a Democratic Administration offers no real relief…from the disaster in which the country finds itself, we cannot but take heart at the verdict.