FDR and the Bonus Marchers, 1933-1935


Fearful of another bonus march incident like the one in 1932 during the Hoover administration, the Roosevelt administration shipped hundreds of bonus marchers to "rehabilitation camps" in the South. Many of these marchers were sent to camps in the Florida Keys for work on the overseas highway project. At least 256 perished in the devastating hurricane of Labor Day, 1935, as a result of the failed leadership of their supervisors. This oral and documentary history of the tragedy is designed for a general audience as well as for those interested in the 1930s and the Roosevelt administration.


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