Collection Title:Story of the Bonus Army Slide Show
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Description:The Bonus Army march took place in June and July of 1932, when 17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups gathered in Washington, DC to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates awarded by the World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924. The Bonus Army demonstrators were accommodated in abandoned buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue and set up shantytown camps on the Anacostia Flats. On July 28, President Hoover ordered the forceful eviction of the Bonus Army demonstrators, first through police action, then through military action led by General Douglas MacArthur, which resulted in several deaths.
This collection contains selected images from a hand colored lantern slide show depicting the Bonus Army demonstrations, including images of the camps, protests at the Capitol Building, and the forceful eviction by the Washington, D.C. Police and the United States Army.