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Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream
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Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream

by Edward Humes
 

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ISBN-10: 0151007101

ISBN-13: 9780151007103

Pub. Date: 10/02/2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In 1944, the U.S. government feared the flood of returning World War II soldiers as much as it looked forward to peace. To avoid economic catastrophe, FDR, the American Legion, William Randolph Hearst, and others began crafting the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. It would be the single most transformative bill of the twentieth

Overview

In 1944, the U.S. government feared the flood of returning World War II soldiers as much as it looked forward to peace. To avoid economic catastrophe, FDR, the American Legion, William Randolph Hearst, and others began crafting the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. It would be the single most transformative bill of the twentieth century.
 
Spun as the G.I. Bill of Rights, this program for vets included home loans, health care, educational funds, and career counseling. The effects were immediate and enduring—the suburbs, the middle class, America’s ever-increasing number of college graduates, the lunar landing—all are tied to the G.I. Bill. The Greatest Generation would not exist without it: Norman Mailer, Bob Dole, John F. Kennedy, Paul Newman, Jimmy Carter, Clint Eastwood, and many others benefited from its provisions. Here are the stories of some of these men and women, how their lives changed because of the bill and how this country changed because of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151007103
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/02/2006
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

PROLOGUE
Troop Movement Unlike Any Other

CHAPTER 1
The Greatest Regeneration:
The Accidental Remaking of America

CHAPTER 2
Cold Wars, Hot Rockets, a New American Dream

CHAPTER 3
Investing in the Future:
Bill Thomas and the Rise of Suburbia

CHAPTER 4
Bill and Vivian Kingsley:
G.I. Tech

CHAPTER 5
Out of the Blue:
Medical Miracles

CHAPTER 6
Nixon and Kennedy, Bonnie and Clyde:
The G.I. Bill and the Arts

CHAPTER 7
Gunnery Mates and Other Invisible Veterans:
Women and the G.I. Bill that Wasn’t

CHAPTER 8
Monte Posey’s War:
Race and the G.I. Bill

CHAPTER 9
What’s inside?
Leaders and the G.I. Bill

EPILOGUE
Kilroy’s Not Here:
The Future and the G.I. Bill

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

A NOTE ON SOURCES

INDEX

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