Burned in Memory

When the United States Turned Against Its Own Veterans

Photos that changed the world.

Washington D.C. police clash with Bonus Marchers, 1932. (Original photo: AP; photo courtesy National Archives)

The photo has horizontal tension — the civilians on the left struggling against the police on the right. An American flag, used as a spear, cuts through the center of the photo as a Washington, D.C., cop tackles the man thrusting it. The flag immediately indicates the…