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Finding Aid for the Emanuel Levin Collection of Bonus Army Materials, 1933-1934
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Description
In 1932 about 15,000 unemployed veterans known as the Bonus Army conducted regular marches to Congress, petitioning for immediate payment of certificates owed them by the federal government. Emanuel Levin was one of the leaders. After President Hoover authorized transportation loans, many of the veterans left, but 5000 remained and rioted. The President ordered the demonstrators driven out of the city, and army troops led by General Douglas MacArthur forced them back. Congress appropriated monies to send the men home, but only on January 24, 1936 did Congress finally pass a bill authorizing the immediate payment of the certificates. This collection consists of clippings and ephemera relating to the activities of Emanuel Levin. Includes a complete file of Vet Rank and File (May 1934), edited by Levin.
Background
In May 1932 a group of 15,000 unemployed veterans known as the Bonus Army converged on Washington, D.C. from their nearby camps in Anacosta Flats, and conducted regular marches to Congress, petitioning for immediate payment of certificates owed them by the federal government. Emanuel Levin was one of the Army's leaders. After President Hoover authorized transportation loans, many of the veterans left, but 5000 remained and rioted. The President ordered the demonstrators driven out of the city, and army troops led by General Douglas MacArthur forced them back to their tents. One veteran was shot to death and several others wounded. Congress appropriated monies to send the men home, but only on January 24, 1936 did Congress finally pass a bill authorizing the immediate payment of the certificates.
Extent
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Restrictions
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