The Bonus March and the New Deal

The Bonus March and the New Deal

The Bonus March and the New Deal

The Bonus March and the New Deal

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This book is intended to show that the eviction of the so-called "Bonus Soldiers" from Washington was political, and that eviction became a political necessity for the Administration in power when once it had decided on a policy of "No Bonus" and "No Federal Aid for Anyone." Coming on the approach of a national election which produced the New Deal, it must be seen how the heartless evacuation of these destitute ex-service men petitioning their Government for food and care, as well as the Bonus, played an important part in overturning the doctrine of local responsibility for relief. Then, too, having evicted these poor people, it became a political necessity to convince the public that it was a law and order necessity to do so and not a political necessity. Hence, the "rioting" excuse was propagandized vigorously and some of that may still lodge in the public mind. This is the reason why it seems fitting to have all . . .

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