The Bonus Army: An American Epic

The Bonus Army An American Epic In the summer of at the height of the Depression some forty five thousand World War I veterans whites and blacks together descended on Washington D C from all over the country to demand the bon

  • Title: The Bonus Army: An American Epic
  • Author: Paul Dickson Thomas B. Allen
  • ISBN: 9780802777386
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the summer of 1932, at the height of the Depression, some forty five thousand World War I veterans whites and blacks together descended on Washington D.C from all over the country to demand the bonus promised them eight years earlier for their wartime service Fearing violence after the Senate defeated the bonus bill, Herbert Hoover s Army Chief of Staff, DouglasIn the summer of 1932, at the height of the Depression, some forty five thousand World War I veterans whites and blacks together descended on Washington D.C from all over the country to demand the bonus promised them eight years earlier for their wartime service Fearing violence after the Senate defeated the bonus bill, Herbert Hoover s Army Chief of Staff, Douglas MacArthur, led tanks through the streets on July 28 to evict the bonus marchers Through seminal research, including interviews with the last surviving witnesses, Paul Dickson and Thomas B Allen tell the full story of the Bonus Army, recovering the voices of ordinary men who dared tilt at powerful injustice The march ultimately transformed the nation, inspiring Congress to pass the GI Bill of Rights in 1944, one of the most important pieces of social legislation in our history, which in large part created America s middle class.

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    1. Following World War I, many veterans returned to the United States to find that their jobs were gone and that others were finically well off while the military had been paid $21 per month. After several years of struggle the veterans were promised some money but would not be able to collect until 1945 or they died. When the Great Depression struck the veterans were in even worse shape financially after having made sacrifices for their country. In 1932 large numbers marched on Washington, D.C ask [...]

    2. When I marched off to war in 1917, I remember a Civil War veteran, over seventy years old, telling me, Son, you are all heroes now. But some day they’ll treat you like dogs.” Benjamin B Shepherd of the BEF.Any US vet who has taken advantage of the GI Bill or its variations should read The Bonus Army to understand how these benefits came into being. The veterans of WWI were only paid $1/day during the war, much less than the men who stayed home. Often the returning vets could not return to th [...]

    3. A well-written account of a now-pretty-much-forgotten episode in 20th-century American history. Which is kind of sad since these events contributed to the political demise of Herbert Hoover and the rise of FDR, as well as the passage of the GI Bill of RIghts, one of the most generous public programs ever created.Unfortunately, current veterans don't fare as well as those of WW II or Korea, but apparently, America's treatment of its veterans has always bordered on the execrable.One thing that mys [...]

    4. Excellent and reliable history of the Bonus Army and the treatment of veterans following World War I. A great story of the resilience of people and the perfidy of leaders both Republican and Democrat.

    5. This was a good book about the bonus march on Washington DC in 1932 by WW1 veterans They fought hard to get a bonus for their service during the war. However when it finally passed it wasn't to be paid until 1945. With the onset of the depression the money was needed immediately The veterans did a march on Washington to get the bonus now. The book tells about the efforts of the vets and the establishment of their camp at anacostia flats. They ended up being driven out by the army with MacArthur [...]

    6. Popular history, but well-written and well-researched by two Maryland professionals, this book examines the development and playing out of the Bonus Army (for readers unfamiliar with 20th century American history, this was the Depression-era "March on Washington" by tens of thousands of WWI veterans demanding payment of the "bonus" promised them for their war service but delayed because, among other reasons, the claim of financial constraints of the Great Depression). The book describes in rich [...]

    7. A really excellent and detailed chronology of the Bonus Marchers, and the BEF in particular. That so large a protest, and one that had such lasting effects on American society, is now just sort of mentioned in passing during a high school history class is simply mind boggling.I have long considered that the actual starting date of the Great Depression was not the market crash of 1929. That marks the start of the economic depression. The dispersion of the Bonus Army in 1932 instead marks the mome [...]

    8. It’s a shame that this is one of the few books that cover this period of American History. A few of the biggest problems I have with this book:1. The authors appear to be on the defensive about the Communist element that was present throughout this entire occupation of Washington. When members of the march are confronted with accusations of being Communist, the author dispels them with the illogical argument that the said individual or individuals were decorated veterans, therefore not Commun [...]

    9. If you saw the recent PBS documentary "The Roosevelts," you may have been jarred by the disturbing images of the shanty towns of poor WWI veterans camped in Washington, D.C. with hopes of getting financial assistance passed by Congress. Under Herbert Hoover's Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur, they were gassed, torched and driven out of town in a case of overreaction that remains horrifying to this day. Paul Dickson (the great baseball historian) and Thomas B. Allen lend their considerable s [...]

    10. The Bonus Army is a feat of research and analysis-a thoughtful, strong argument that these marches were among the most important demonstrations of the 20th century. Dickson and Allen speculate about why the episode is not more widely known. They cite as possible reasons the encampment's integration in segregated Washington, the ease with which the marchers could be dismissed as Communists, and the fact that no political party stood to gain from the movement's success or failure. Some critics sug [...]

    11. Very interesting read, in that it covers history of the taking care of American service veterans that has not been widely passed down through the years. The WWI vets got really substandard pay for battlefield service, and not a lot of help when they got home. Then the depression hit, and prohibition, and there was a mass of veterans who were penniless, and without homes in many cases.By banding together, traveling to Washington D.C and camping there protesting, after several years with starts an [...]

    12. Very EngrossingMy husband is a vet from the recent war in Iraq so this book was especially interesting to me. I'm ashamed to say I didn't know much about the WWI bonus marchers before reading this book and didn't even know this happened before buying this book. Now I want to read more, not because this book wasn't thorough but because it was so fascinating I want to study it from different perspectives and learn all I can about it.

    13. A little disappointing because of it's uneven handling of some of the root causes of the conflicts that arose, and a little too dismissive of the economic realities of the time period. Give FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt a little too much credit, and Hoover a little too much blamed someone does not answer the question of how MacArthur came out of this with so little damage.

    14. Not as in-depth as one might like for a piece of history that included such a wide variety of Americans, but it's informative and readable. Hard to believe these events took place in the USA.

    15. This book is one great reason why I love non-fiction. You just couldn't make this up. An incredible story, meticulously researched and well written.

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