Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America - Chapter 26 Summary & Analysis

John M. Barry
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Chapter 26 Summary

In the 1920s the national black vote could be a potent force in politics. Hoover, in particular, needs black support if he is to win the presidency. National black leaders contact Hoover and complain of the treatment of blacks in the Greenville area, urging him to take action.

Hoover understands the political ramifications of the situation. His main response is damage control, but he does issue refugee treatment directives via the Red Cross. Hoover also appoints a Colored Advisory Commission to investigate the allegations, selecting Robert Russa Moton as chairman of the commission.

Chapter 26 Analysis

National politics of the 1920s are described, particularly in terms of race. Hoover is portrayed as a self-seeking politician, rather ruthless in his dealings with blacks. The author also gives biographical information on Moton. Hoover apparently selects Moton because Hoover feels Moton will be easily manipulated. It is...

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