1932 - Bonus Army March

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Title: 1932 - Bonus Army March

 

About: As the Great Depression took hold, 20,000 veterans from all over the country descended on Washington to demand payment of a bonus that had been promised to former soldiers for their service in World War I. The 'Bonus Army' built a shantytown across the Potomac River in Anacostia Flats. When the Senate rejected their demands, most of the veterans dejectedly returned home. But several thousand remained in the capital with their families. Many had nowhere else to go. The Bonus Army conducted itself with decorum and spent their vigil unarmed. Despite this, fearing rising disorder, President Hoover ordered the army and police to violently clear out protesters on Anacostia Flats and to burn the shanty settlements to the ground. Many Americans were outraged. How could the army treat veterans of the Great War with such disrespect? 

Decade: 1930s

Year: 1932

Region: North America

Country: USA

Society: Economic

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 4

Artist: Ianika Morano

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Date Created: 17/10/2021

Group: Genesis

Number: 32/100

Price: 0.4 ETH

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