Bonus March on D.C.

During the Great Depression, many people were at the hands of poverty. This included World War I veterans who were living on bonus payments from the federal government. Due to the bad economy, the veterans wanted an earlier payment date. They gathered in large droves and demonstrated at the capitol in 1932. After senate declined their request, Hoover had to make a decision. He ordered soldiers to drive them out, resulting in the usage of tear gas. Although, this occurred during tough times, I consider it to be shameful that the government was attacking the same people who were sent to Europe to preserve “America’s Goal.”

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