The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

“Who Murdered the Vets?”

Dec 12, 2011

On Labor Day, September 1935, 265 veterans were killed during an enormous hurricane, while building a road in the Florida Keys. In an article about this disaster, Ernest Hemingway bitterly condemned the Roosevelt administration: “Wealthy people, yachtsmen, fishermen such as President Hoover and President Roosevelt, do not come to the Florida Keys in hurricane months.... There is a known danger to property. But veterans, especially the bonus-marching variety of veterans, are not property. They are only human beings; unsuccessful human beings, and all they have to lose is their lives. They are doing coolie labor for a top wage of $45 a month and they have been put down on the Florida Keys where they can't make trouble. It is hurricane months, sure, but if anything comes up, you can always evacuate them, can't you?”