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The Neighborhood Farm Initiative interviewed members of Washington, DC's growing urban agriculture community to document the history of growing food in the city.

Jones, a resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in northeast Washington, DC,…

This interview explores the Bonus Army from the eyes of a 7 year old bystander. Naamen Seigle discusses being attacked by General MacArthur's soldiers during the July 28, 1932 removal of the Bonus Expeditionary Forces from Washington, DC. Seigle's…

Twin brothers Joseph and Nick Oliver describe their first-hand experience at the march camps and tell the story of their father Antonio Oliverio, a WWI veteran who let the Bel Vernon American Legion to the Bonus Army March in 1932 to petition the…

In this interview, historian Jennifer Keene discusses the significance of the Bonus Army Marches in relation to 1) the New Deal and the Great Depression, 2) WWII and the creation of the GI Bill, and 3) WWI and the citizen-soldier. In a comprehensive…

Historian James Horton explores the racial aspects of the Bonus Army and how veteran status became a unifying factor despite socialized segregation in the 1930's. Horton discusses how the concept of the New Negro and exposure to integrated European…

In this interview, Charles T. Greene recounts his experience as a 12-year-old bystander at the Bonus Army marches. Greene's firsthand account explores the Bonus Army camp life as its own society with its own laws, schools, city halls, and…

A detailed overview of the events leading up to and the consequences following the Bonus Army by historian Paul Dickson. During the Great Depression, World War I veterans marched on Washington to demand their wartime compensation. Dickson discusses…

A first-hand account of the Bonus Army encampment from the perspective of a teenage bystander. Banks' childhood experiences help paint a clearer picture of the socio-political climate of DC in the Great Depression and sets up the stage for the…

Tenuous ties between the Bonus Army and the Communist-led Workers Ex-Servicemen's League drove many to view the Bonus Army protesters as a Communist threat. And in addition, the integrated Bonus Army camps provided a viable threat to the segregated…

Owners and waitresses of Sherrill's Restaurant and Bakery, a down-home gathering place behind the Capitol, observed Washington and its denizens from the Depression until its closing in 2000. Fine Food captures moments during a typical day in the very…
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