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The Bonus Army
In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of World War I veterans set up camp in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress to pay them their army bonus early. The Army dispersed them violently, and the public outcry contributed to President Hoover's failure to win reelection that year. Adapted from \"A bonus for World War I veterans,\" Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, Historical Highlights, and \"The Bonus Army March,\" American Treasures of the Library of Congress.