Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Character Descriptions

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

This figure lost much popular support when he tried to fill the Supreme Court with political allies.

Huey Long

This figure was assassinated by a lone gunman in the Louisiana State Senate chambers in Baton Rouge.

Father Coughlin

This figure's populist rhetoric transformed into flagrant anti-Semitism.

Bob La Follette

This figure pushed for greater unionization and government intervention in the private sector in his 1924 run for president.

John L. Lewis

This figure is considered by many to be the father of the modern American labor movement.

Dr. Francis Townsend

This figure's progressive ideas regarding American healthcare became the template for the American system of Social Security.

Alf Landon

This character, a 1935 presidential candidate, was regarded by his contemporaries as a boring and hopeless candidate.

Upton Sinclair

This figure was a famous author who was concerned about the burgeoning migrant fruit picker population.

Herbert Hoover

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