Lou Hoover in China
While living in China on June 17, 1900, the Chinese army joined the Boxer Rebellion and attacked the city of Tientsin. The Hoovers and other foreigners found themselves under siege until June 23.
Lou was fearless, writing her friend, “you should have been here, at the most interesting siege and bombardment of the age.”
-from the Hoover Library
Lou Henry Hoover’s Report on the Boxer Rebellion
In this letter, Lou Henry Hoover chides college friend Evelyn Wight Allen for her failure to come to China in time for the Boxer Rebellion in June, 1900. The Hoovers — along with 800 European and American citizens — had suffered through a 45 day siege by 30,000 Boxers who had surrounded Tientsin. After an international relief force drove off the Boxers, Mrs. Hoover found time to write an extraordinary letter in which she proudly compared their ordeal with the experiences of Kimberly and Mafeking, two English settlements that had been surrounded for several months during the recent Boer War in South Africa.
Boxer Rebellion observations by future First Lady, Lou Henry Hoover, 08/08/1900