Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson

Identifier

WWP19238

Description

Herbert Hoover encourages Woodrow Wilson to appeal to the humanitarian need for food conservation in his Thanksgiving Proclamation rather than to merely the military need.

Source

Hoover-Wilson Correspondence, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford, California

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

Text

Dear Mr. President

With regard to the Thanksgiving Proclamation, I have the idea that it would be of great purpose if the tone of the proclamation could be directed towards the saving of our food and other supplies in provision for gthe many millions of people who are dependent upon us now more than ever before in our history; that, perhaps, it might be placed on a basis of humanity rather than for military necessity.

I have the feeling that in our particular organization, we harp too much on the military and war ends to be gained, and too little upon the humanitarian phases of supporting millions of people who are now isolated from their normal supplies and the burden of which we must have carried whether we had entered the war or not.

I am,

Your obedient servant,
(Signed) HERBERT HOOVER.

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D09252.pdf

Citation

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 October 27, WWP19238, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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