Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era (Hardback)
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Short Description for Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill A study that reinterprets the political origins of the 'Second' New Deal and Roosevelt's electoral triumph of 1936. It details the rise of organized veterans as a powerful interest group in modern American politics.
- Published: 11 January 2010
- Format: Hardback 264 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780814762134 ISBN 10: 0814762131
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The period between World Wars I and II was a time of turbulent political change, with suffragists, labour radicals, demagogues, and other voices clamouring to be heard. One group of activists that has yet to be closely examined by historians is World War I veterans. Mining the papers of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion (AL), Stephen R. Ortiz reveals that veterans actively organized in the years following the war to claim state benefits (such as pensions and bonuses), and strove to articulate a role for themselves as a distinct political bloc during the New Deal era. "Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill" is unique in its treatment of World War I veterans as significant political actors during the interwar period. Ortiz's study reinterprets the political origins of the 'Second' New Deal and Roosevelt's electoral triumph of 1936, adding depth not only to our understanding of these events and the political climate surrounding them, but to common perceptions of veterans and their organizations. In describing veteran politics and the competitive dynamics between the AL and the VFW, Ortiz details the rise of organized veterans as a powerful interest group in modern American politics.