ERIC Number: ED390345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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The GI Bill of Rights Legacy to American Colleges.
Ford, Brenda J.; Miller, Michael T.
The Servicemen's Readjustment Act, nicknamed the "GI Bill of Rights," influenced a social change in America and its higher education system that could be compared to that caused by the Industrial Revolution. Making college a realistic expectation for many Americans, it also made future generations look upon a college education as an entitlement. The bill was first devised as a means for bolstering an economy that had been shakily emerging from a depression before World War II by a President who was fearful of what returning veterans would do to the economy. The Bill accomplished many social reforms and helped build the world's largest middle class and the world's strongest economy. The Bill's passage may well be considered the most important event of the 20th century. The long-lasting consequence of the GI Bill was that it turned the hodge-podge melting pot that was America, whose ethnic components had composed an overwhelmingly poor working class of people, into country of people more accurately described as college-educated, middle-class, home-owners. It accomplished the goal of many agencies which had worked for years to assimilate the children of European immigrants into the "American Dream" of education and opportunity for all. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: G I Bill; Servicemens Readjustments Act 1944