A voice recording excerpted from Herbert Hoover's 1932 campaign speech. It is a part of a campaign song sung by the audience.
Type of Material:
voice recording and archival photo of Hoover.
Can be downloaded and used in the classroom to show Hoover's view of government in his own words.
Real Audio and/or MP 3, which can be downloaded at MP3.Com.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To enable students to develop insight into the differences between the Republican and Democratic views of government in 1932.
Target Student Population:
High School and college, although middle school teachers might find it useful.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Background on the presidency of Herbert Hoover and the challenges he faced in running for reelection in 1932.
Although brief, the selection is a very clear statement of Hoover's laissez-faire view of government and his belief in individual freedoms.
This is a very brief selection and has limited use by itself. It must be used as
part of a larger assignment.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Hearing Hoover's own words is very effective. The brief snippet of the campaign song enables students to better under the nature of political rallies for the period.
My main concern is the amplification of the recording. With the volume turned all the way up, it is still not very loud. This would be difficult to hear in a large classroom. I tried the recording on the Vincent Voice Library site and the volume is the same. Students would have to access this on their own computers to understand what Hoover is saying.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is quite easy to use. The link works very well. If a student doesn't have Real Player, a free download is possible.
Other Issues and Comments:
The Hoover speech is part of the Vincent Voice Library, a collection of 50,000 voices, developed by Michigan State University. This site proves a treasure trove of voice recordings of historical figures. It is specifically located in a collection of the voices of 20th century presidents which makes it possible to develop a variety of assignments using these other recordings.
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