Coolidge had many admirable qualities. While the democrats were busy supporting the Klan and dressing up in sheets themselves, this was Coolidge:
Coolidge was one of the best. What surprised me about his widow getting involved in a contentious subject is that she was essentially opposing FDR. That was rather risky, even for a former First Lady.
Great find, BTW. The more I learn about CC, the more impressed I get. And Harding seems to get better with age, as well. And I guess we shouldn't be too surprised that the 20th century Klan got going when Wilson was POTUS.
One thing to note about Jewish immigration in the 1930s is that the unemployment rate got up to 19% in 1938. Americans in general wouldn't tolerate more workers when there were few jobs. But FDR had options that he refused, and wouldn't allow children who wouldn't be competing for jobs for 10+ years.
Coolidge was in my opinion the best 20th century president. He had some progressive streaks, but he was a simple, honest, thrifty man who expected government to be simple, honest and thrifty.
As it happens with all the presidents who took the Constitution and the principles of small, limited government seriously, Coolidge is always ranked very low in the "best presidents" lists academia likes to generate so they can praise the progressive presidents.
By the way, I just visited Coolidge's birthplace at Plymouth Notch, VT. It's refreshing to see how people lived in old New England.
You may enjoy Amity Schlaes' biography on Coolidge.
Edited by Mikel2, 07 November 2019 - 1858 PM.