Rush D. Holt Jr. On April 11, 2011, the Department of History at West Virginia University presented the inaugural Rush D. Holt Lecture, named for the senator from West Virginia (1935-1941). The lecture (which follows) was delivered by his son, Rush D. Holt Jr., member of Congress from New Jersey. n my office is a campaign poster from 1934 advertising Rush D. Holt for U.S. Senate, with a sketch of the twenty-nine-year-old, and the words: New Deal Champion, 100 percent in favor of Roosevelt's Recovery Program, the friend of the Common Man in West Virginia, Faithful and Fearless. I have often wondered about the meaning of that poster, knowing that my father challenged many of his Democratic colleagues over various New Deal programs, and that leaders of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) came to oppose him fiercely. Because of his apparently contradictory positions, he probably had the strongest admirers and strongest enemies of anyone I have known in politics. In this lecture, I focus on one day in the career of Senator Holt, a day from which we can learn much about the crisis in New Deal policy making, stresses in organized labor, frantic legislative maneuvering,
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Apr 25, 2012
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