Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Bonus Army/Marchers : America's Tiananmen Square

In 1932 US war veterans were struggling to feed their families and needed their government promised bonuses in order to eek out a living. They marched to Washington D.C. with their families and set up camp until their demands were met. Elected officials denied their request. President Hoover sent in troops to squash them. Men who served and fought in WWI would find themselves suppressed. Their suppression was coordinated by some of America's most famous military heroes: MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Patton. When times get tough economically all Americans can rest assured that the US government is capable of doing whatever it takes to keep stability. Even that entails taking down disgruntled veterans with tanks and bayonets.

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