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WTF? Coup against FDR led by Bush’s grandfather


Honestly, if there is a modicum of truth in this story, it is newsworthy. Apparently, when FDR took office in 1933 and promised radical reform to the counter the effects of the Great Depression, a group of prominent businessmen, including Heinz and Prescott Bush, the current president’s grandfather, attempted to conduct a coup with the services of 500 000 ex-servicemen.

Much to Roosevelt’s credit, he probably forgave them and gave them all Social Security benefits.

It is from the BBC so it can’t be discarded too easily.

You can link to the BBC story here.
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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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