Mobilization through History: ACloser Look at the Bonus Army and Occupy Movement Kelly Kern Nathalie Davidson
The Bonus Army
The Occupy Movement
Research Questions• Our overall question asks what are the similarities and differences between these comparable movements?• Our sub-questions being: how is the veteran identity used in the Bonus Army and in Occupy? How is the veteran identity portrayed in movement produced media?• How does the media (mostly newspapers) frame veterans specifically within each movement?• How are camps used as a form of protest and how does the media frame this tactic?
Research Methods• Textual & Video Analysis• Focusing on articles from the 1930s and from the 2010s• Focusing on The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post/Times. To randomize our sample we chose every third article in all of our searches.• For the Bonus Army we will search “Bonus Army” in SuperSearch, a Wellesley College library resource, (restricting the results to newspaper articles.)• For Occupy we will search “Occupy Camps.”• To research the veteran identity, we will be focusing only on articles that include the word “veteran” in the headline.• In researching veteran framing in the Occupy movement, we will also be looking at the Occupy Marine website and facebook page.