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Photo of Bonus Marchers' camp.
Bonus Marchers' camp in Washington, D.C., 1932.

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Patton and the Bonus March of 1932
In the summer of 1932, about 20,000 unemployed veterans and their families traveled to Washington, D.C., from across the United States to lobby Congress. Some of these "Bonus Marchers" camped out in shacks and tents, which they mockingly called "Hoovervilles" after President Herbert Hoover. Others occupied abandoned and partially dismantled buildings near the Capitol. Although the marchers were not disorderly or unruly, the Hoover administration and local officials feared this group of around 5,000 might turn into a mob. The tense situation exploded on July 28, 1932, when a marcher was killed during a scuffle with police, and federal troops were called in to restore order.
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