Running head: BONUS MARCH ON WASHINGTON D.CBonus March on Washington D.CNameTutorInstitutionCourseDate1BONUS MARCH ON WASHINGTON D.C2Bonus March DiscussionWorld War I veterans were promised by the congress of certificates redeemable in1945, as a reward for their services to the nation. This promise, which was made in 1924,aimed at rewarding each of the veterans with $1,000, but just 8 years later in 1932, many ofthese veterans have lost their fortunes and thus demanded for the bonuses to be redeemedearlier than the agreed upon date of 1945. These demands were directed to the congress andpresident Herbert Hoover, and were justified by the fact that at least 20,000 veterans had nosource of income, hence could not wait until 1945 for the bonuses to be dispatched (White,2007). With the depression becoming very heavy on the working class, the veterans led byWalter Waters gathered in front of the white house, in attempts to pressure the president intogiving in and dispatching the promised funds. These veterans had hopped trains and hitchedrides to assemble at the capital but the president did not address them, and therefore theysought for a different audience which would listen to their demands. Due to their patriotstatus, these veterans had a greater claim over the country, and majority saw them as heroeswho were much deserving of the bonuses (ORTIZ, 2006).President Hoover sent an army to the city to counter the Bonus march, and thisoutraged the pub ...
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