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Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era

Stephen R. Ortiz


The period between World Wars I and II was a time of turbulent political change, with suffragists, labor radicals, demagogues, and other voices clamoring 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), the book 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. The book is ... More

Keywords: World War I, World War II, World War I veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, New Deal era, veteran politics, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762134
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen R. Ortiz, author