Veterans of American Expeditionary Forces in the First World War (known simply as the Great War until we had the Second World War) were promised a bonus. Such bonuses were instituted in the Revolutionary War, when soldiers were given additional compensation of money and land. (The tradition goes at least as far back as Roman times.) Its purpose was to make up some of the difference between a soldier’s military pay and what he may have been earning at a civilian job.
WWI veterans were given a paltry $60. The American Legion, formed in 1919, led the movement for an additional bonus.Continue reading “Laying Siege to the Capitol”