The Presidency: AHTV - Herbert Hoover Humanitarian The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum hosts a conference focused on the former president's humanitarian work during and after both world wars.

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    Herbert Hoover's World War I Relief Work

    Herbert Hoover’s biographer George Nash recalled his World War I relief work, which saved the lives of millions caught up in the war and its aftermath -- and which set the stage for his White House run. This talk at Hoover’s presidential library in West Branch, Iowa opened a day-long conference on his humanitarian efforts.

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    Herbert Hoover and Aid to Famine-Stricken Russia

    Stanford University historian Bertrand Patenaude talked about Herbert Hoover and aid to famine-stricken Soviet Russia from 1921 to 1922. This program at the Hoover presidential library in West Branch, Iowa was part of a day-long conference on his humanitarian work. It was Mr. Hoover’s global efforts that propelled him toward a run for the White House. Some viewers may find images in this program disturbing.

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    Herbert Hoover, FDR, and World War II Relief Aid

    This program was part of a conference on Herbert Hoover’s humanitarian efforts during the two world wars. Hal Elliott Wert, a Kansas City Art Institute professor emeritus, talked about the views and policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and former President Hoover on war-torn Europe in the 1930s and 40s -- and the question of what to do about the plight of war victims, especially women and children. He illustrated his remarks with a selection of wartime posters. He was followed by a question and answer session with all four conference…

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    World War I-Era German Hunger

    Mary Elisabeth Cox documented the depth of hunger among German women and children between 1914 and 1924. This talk was from a day-long conference at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. The conference explored Hoover’s reputation as the “Great Humanitarian” during both world wars. It was his World War I work which provided the foundation for his White House run.