Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience

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FARMERS MARCH ON WASHINGTON, 1932

Farmers “marched” to state capitals to protest during 1931 and 1932, and they organized a march to Washington, D.C., in late 1932. Although the farmers' march on Washington was overshadowed by the Bonus Army, which had been ejected from Washington in July 1932, and by a hunger march organized by the Communist Party, the farmers' movement was viewed with some alarm.

CAPITAL POLICE TO PERMIT FARMERS' MARCH
SO LONG AS PROTEST MEETING IS PEACEABLE

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10—Police will not interfere with the entrance of delegates into Washington for the farmers' national relief conference Dec. 7, farm representatives were told today by Police Superintendent Brown. He gave this assurance on being told that the farm delegates were coming for a peaceable conference and would stage no public demonstration other than a parade. For this, he said, they would have to obtain a permit.

The first caravan of farmers will start next week from Seattle on its journey across the continent. Madison County, in eastern Nebraska, is the point where delegates from the Far West and Northern tier of states will stop over for two days of rest. Here meetings are planned to welcome the incoming farmers and then, with increased numbers, they will start east.

They will come in six columns, which will thread their way through all but four states. Farmer delegations are ready to join these columns in more than thirty states. They are timed to arrive in Washington on Dec. 6.

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