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Monday, November 21st, 2005

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2:18p
New York Times February 16, 1935. p. 1
Asks Laws To Curb Foreign Agitators; Committee In Report To House Attacks Nazis As The Chief Propagandists In Nation. State Department Acts Checks Activities Of An Italian Consul -- Plan For March On Capital Is Held Proved. Asks Laws To Curb Foreign Agitators
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Plan for “March” Recalled.

It also alleged that definite proof had been found that the much publicized Fascist march on Washington, which was to have been led by Major. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, retired, according to testimony at a hearing, was actually contemplated.

The committee recalled testimony by General Butler, saying he had testified that Gerald C. MacGuire had tired to persuade him to accept the leadership of a Fascist army.

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4:45p
Sargent, James E. (November 1974). Review, The History Teacher, 8(1): 151-152.

Review of: The Plot to Seize the White House, by Jules Archer

This popular history attempts to show that an organized, funded and potentially successful conspiracy by wealthy financers and businessmen during 1933-34 was thwarted only through the ardent anti-fascist views and testimony of Major Smedley D. Butler of the U.S. Marines. Butler, who retired in 1931 after thirty-five years of distinguished service and two Congressional Medals of Honor, was a blunt, controversial, single-minded advocate of veterans’ causes, like the “bonus” and better pensions. He gradually became a strident advocate of ending foreign wars, which he belatedly (during the 1920s) came to believe only enriched profiteering American commercial interests.

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