The Plot to Seize the White House: The Shocking TRUE Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow F.D.R.
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Many people might not know that in 1933, a group of wealthy industrialists—working closely with groups like the K.K.K. and the American Liberty League—planned to overthrow the U.S. government and run FDR out of office in a fascist coup. Readers will learn of their plan to turn unhappy war veterans into American “brown shirts,” depose F.D.R., and stop the New Deal. They asked Medal of Honor recipient and Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler to work with them and become the “first American Caesar.” Fortunately, Butler was a true patriot. Instead of working for the fascist coup, he revealed the plot to journalists and to Congress.
Archer writes a compelling account of a ploy that would have turned FDR into fascist puppet, threatened American democracy and changed the course of history. This book not only reveals the truth behind this shocking episode in history, but also tells the story of the man whose courage and bravery prevented it from happening.
idea was really to support and help Roosevelt, who was obviously overworked, by providing him with an “Assistant President” to take details of the office off his shoulders. It was quite constitutional, MacGuire insisted. The aide would be called a Secretary of General Affairs. According to MacGuire, the President himself had been grooming an aide for such a role—General Hugh S. Johnson, controversial administrator of the National Recovery Administration (N.R.A.). But, MacGuire confided, Johnson
the polls were closed. Other citizens had either failed to register or didn’t know balloting was going on. “Today,” Butler wrote Ethel sardonically, “Nicaragua has enjoyed a fine ‘free election,’ with only one candidate being allowed to run—President Adolfo Diaz—who was unanimously elected. In order that this happy event might be pulled off without hitch and to the entire satisfaction of our State Department, we patrolled all the towns to prevent disorders and of course there were none.” He
museum in Washington in 1953. PART THREE The Conspiracy Explodes 1 The McCormack-Dickstein Committee agreed to listen to Butler’s story in a secret executive session in New York City on November 20, 1934. The two cochairman of the committee were Representative John McCormack, of Massachusetts, and New York Representative Samuel Dickstein, who later became a New York State Supreme Court justice. Butler’s testimony, developed in two hours of questions and answers, was recorded in full.
remaining institutions as well as establishment of the FDIC and SEC. At the time, these programs seemed quite literally revolutionary as they placed unmatched oversight on economic institutions. However, it was the President’s desire to abandon the gold standard that stunned both the super-rich, who had felt fairly insulated from the Depression, and a significant number of average Americans who believed that Roosevelt was flirting with Bolshevism. The U.S. was not alone in its economic
were implicated, in one way or another, to testify at that open meeting under oath. 9 Fresh support for Butler’s exposé came from Van Zandt, who revealed to the press that he, too, had been approached by “agents of Wall Street” to lead a Fascist dictatorship in the United States under the guise of a “Veterans Organization.” He revealed that Butler had informed him about the plotters’ solicitation of the general two months earlier and had warned him that he, too, would be contacted by them at