Herbert Hoover was the president of the
US when the Great Depression started. Many
of the people who were unemployed and
homeless blamed Hoover for the Depression.
Hoover had been a very popular president
before the Depression started. In 1928 while
he was running for president, things were
looking good in America. In fact one of
Hoover's campaign solgans was "Two cars in
every garage and a chicken in every pot!" When the stock market crashed he took quick action. The problem was he did the wrong things. Probably the worst thing the government did was to raise tariffs. Herbert Hoover really believed that things would get better, that everything would be alright and that the government should let the economy run itself. He often said "the worst has passed" People who were standing in bread lines did not agree with Hoover at all. They were mad, and blamed the president for what had happened.