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The Bonus Army : an American epic
Dickson, Paul.
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New York : Walker & Co., [2004]

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370 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
In the Depression summer of 1932, some 45,000 veterans of World War I descended on Washington to demand the bonus promised them eight years earlier for their wartime service. They lived in shantytowns, white and black together, protested and rallied for their cause. Roy Wilkins saw the model for racial integration here; J. Edgar Hoover built his reputation against the radicals. President Hoover, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur, and others feared the protesters would turn violent after the Senate defeated the "bonus bill" that the House had passed. On July 28, tanks rolled as troops evicted the marchers. Newspapers and newsreels showed graphic images of American soldiers driving out their former comrades in arms. Democratic candidate Franklin Roosevelt said to an adviser, "This will elect me, " though bonus armies would plague him as well. The march inspired Congress to pass the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1944.--From publisher description.
Over There -- The Tombstone Bonus -- A Petition in Boots -- Mobilizing a Bonus Army -- An Army of Occupation -- Hooverville, D.C. -- The Death March -- Tanks in the Streets -- The Long Morning After -- The Return of the Bonus Army -- Labor Day Hurricane -- V Day for the Veterans -- Epilogue: The GI Bill-Legacy of the Bonus Army -- The Long Shadow of the Bonus Army -- What Became of Them.
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