HISTORICAL CONTEXT :
Following the Great Depression of 1929, America found herself at a precipice. Only a series of drastic socio-economic changes could ensure stability and return to prosperity.
Franklin D Roosevelt spearheaded the necessary Change, yet within a few short years wealthy industrialists and politicians plotted to overthrow the President. They formed the American Liberty League (ALL), a group dedicated to protecting the members' wealth and privileges through whatever means necessary, including a coup.
The ALL members were afraid of the President's nationalization and Social Security plans, which they considered dangerous to their interests. They plotted to replace FDR with a puppet dictator who would serve their interests. 500,000 soldiers stood by, awaiting orders to storm Washington.
The United States was about to become a fascist dictatorship when one man saw right from wrong, and his moral reservations averted the coup.
The conspiracy was stopped, yet no one associated with the coup was ever held accountable.
Were the plans of the wealthy aristocracy shelved for ever? The old truism comes to life in THE BLACK VAULT: History repeats itself...
The Black Vault was inspired by Smedley Butler, Major General, U.S. Marines, whose stance foiled the coup: the Business Plot. An excerpt from Butler's book reads:
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. ... I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. ... In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents." From: War is a Racket, by Smedley Butler
AN APPEAL TO READERS
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With best wishes for great reads. JK