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The Last of the Doughboys

Friday, August 30, 2013

Richard Rubin talks about finding and interviewing living American World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to capture their life stories before they died. The Last of the Doughboys is his decade-long odyssey to recover the stories of a forgotten generation and their experience in the Great War

Guests:

Richard Rubin

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Comments [2]

How about the fact that the USA was primarily an agricultural country in 1913? How does this affect vets' response to going to France, etc.?

Aug. 30 2013 01:51 PM

Mr. Rubin and your listeners will be interested to know that The Gym at Judson will present The Bonus Army, a musical written by David Epstein, with music and lyrics by Al Carmines that was first performed by the acclaimed Judson Poets' Theater in 1976. This revival is directed by Russell Treyz and will run September 6-19 at THE GYM AT JUDSON.

See http://judson.org/bonusarmy

In the dark early days of the Great Depression, in the spring and early summer of 1932, tens of thousands of unemployed World War I veterans and their supporters marched on Washington, D.C. They demanded that Congress, which had voted the war veterans a cash bonus to be paid in 1945, redeem their bonus certificates immediately, when they desperately needed the money. They called themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force, but were known as the Bonus Marchers or the Bonus Army.

Aug. 30 2013 01:45 PM

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