An Independent Woman: The Life of Lou Henry Hoover

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A woman of intelligence and energy, Lou Henry Hoover's talents benefited a large number of cultural and philanthropic organizations, but her distaste for publicity obscured her many achievements until now. By the time her husband reached the White House in 1929, she had already established herself as a woman with high goals. The first woman to earn a university degree in geology, she collaborated with her husband in the translation of a classic book on mining methods. During World War I, she organized assistance ...

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A woman of intelligence and energy, Lou Henry Hoover's talents benefited a large number of cultural and philanthropic organizations, but her distaste for publicity obscured her many achievements until now. By the time her husband reached the White House in 1929, she had already established herself as a woman with high goals. The first woman to earn a university degree in geology, she collaborated with her husband in the translation of a classic book on mining methods. During World War I, she organized assistance for American travelers stranded in Europe, campaigned on behalf of the Commission for the Relief of Belgium, and set up a boarding house in Washington D.C. for young women working in war-related agencies.

Lou Hoover served as president of the Girl Scouts during its formative years, organized the Women's Division of the National Amateur Athletic Federation to encourage public participation in sports, and raised money for a number of cultural and philanthropic organizations. As First Lady, she redecorated the White House to make it a suitable residence for a head of state, cataloging its furnishings for posterity. She founded a school for underprivileged Appalachian children and ran a private, unpublicized relief network for Americans suffering under the Great Depression. After leaving the White House, she resumed the volunteer work that remained such a treasured part of her life.

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ANNE BEISER ALLEN is an independent researcher.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Who Was Lou Henry Hoover? 1
Chapter 1 From Iowa to California 5
Chapter 2 Stanford University and Herbert Hoover 15
Chapter 3 A Chinese Adventure 23
Chapter 4 Rolling Stones 37
Chapter 5 The Consulting Engineer's Wife 47
Chapter 6 War and Relief Work 61
Chapter 7 Life on the Home Front 71
Chapter 8 "Washington Ought to Be in California" 79
Chapter 9 Girl Scouts and Women's Athletics 89
Chapter 10 A Working Wife and Mother 103
Chapter 11 The White House Beckons 115
Chapter 12 A First Lady's Duty Is to Entertain 127
Chapter 13 Shadows Begin to Fall 135
Chapter 14 The Depression Deepens 143
Chapter 15 Civilians Once More 153
Chapter 16 A War-Shadowed Twilight 165
Epilogue: One Last Move 175
Appendix A Families 177
Appendix B Secretaries, Aides, Servants, and Friends 181
Appendix C Honorary Awards Given to Lou Henry Hoover 185
Notes 187
Bibliography 199
Index 205
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