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Historical Comprehension: McNary-Haugen Bill

Readers can examine Coolidge's speech before the National Grange Convention on November 16, 1928, to ascertain the President's stance on the McNary-Haugen Bill. They can then enhance their understanding with information on the history of the bill available by searching on McNary-Haugen. Prosperity and Thrift also contains letters, reports, articles, and editorials from newspapers and farm magazines regarding this legislation from Oregon Republican Senator Charles McNary and Iowa Republican Congressman Gilbert N. Haugen. The bill existed in various forms from 1924 to 1929 as it was debated, revised, vetoed twice by Coolidge, and ultimately signed into law by President Herbert Hoover as the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1929.

  • How does the President regard the Granger Movement?
  • What defense does he give of the administration’s agricultural policy?
  • How persuasive is the President in defending his farm policies?

A search on farm can also provide additional information on farming life such as E.L. Kirkpatrick’s The Farmer’s Standard of Living. This socio-economic study surveyed almost 3,000 white farming families in eleven states. Kirkpatrick’s assessment might provide another dimension to the debate surrounding the proposed legislation.

One can perform similar examinations of other speeches and topics chosen from fifty-nine of Coolidge's formal addresses as preserved by one of his private secretaries, Everett Sanders. Search on Sanders Papers to locate these addresses.