Herbert Hoover was the first American president to mention rising crime rates in an inaugural address. Delivered on March 4th, 1929, the speech paid homage to the efforts of Calvin Coolidge's administration to make the United States an influential and respected nation around the world. After the tragedy of World War I, Hoover praised the United States for its achievements in restoring hope abroad and creating a new civilization at home. However, he also expressed concern for the increasing “disregard and disobedience of the law” ...

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