Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill is unique in its treatment of WWI 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.
“Stimulating, clearly written, and meticulously documented.”
—The Journal of Military History
“Ortiz (Bowling Green State Univ.) has written an interesting account of a neglected component of politics during the New Deal era-- the impact of organized WWI veterans... This book will be required reading for anyone interested in the history of veteran politics and New Deal politics.”
“This book should be on the reading list of any course that touches upon the 1920s and 1930s. Ortiz examines the pivotal role the bonus question played in stoking the anti-New Deal movement lead by Charles Coughlin and Huey Long and how settling this issue proved essential for FDR’s decisive electoral victory in 1936.”
—G. Kurt Piehler, Remembering War the American Way
“So much has been written about America in the 1930’s that it is hard to say anything new. But, mounting a vigorous argument, Ortiz demonstrates convincingly that scholars have neglected a very important development in this period. Thanks to him, historians will be compelled to rewrite their accounts of the age of Roosevelt.”
—William E. Leuchtenburg, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940
“Moving beyond other well documented examples of activism by former servicemen . . . Ortiz traces the fortunes of the two major U.S. veterans’ organizations, the first the patrician American Legion . . . the second the older, smaller and scrappier Veterans of Foreign Wars.”
—Times Literary Supplement
"Ortiz's book is an excellent contribution to a historical episode in need of political contextualization."
—Jeremy M. Teigen, Political and Military Sociology
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