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The Plot to Overthrow FDR

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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the Presidency in 1932, many Americans looked to his bold New Deal plans as the way out of the dark days of the Depression. But a powerful group of financiers and industrialists saw his economic policies as a threat. The Plot to Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler, a colorful and outspoken champion of veteran's rights. But Butler was their undoing. After discovering the details [...]
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1999; 1996
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The Great Depression

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Black Tuesday, the day the stock market crashed, was the start of the Great Depression. As breadlines and soup kitchens rose up across the country, the people looked for leadership and found it in Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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2004
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World War II

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Aggression in Europe and Asia threatened world stability, but the United States chose the path of isolationism - until that fateful day when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The United States was then thrust full force into the war.
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2004