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Author Humes, Edward.

Title Over here : how the G.I. Bill transformed the American dream / Edward Humes.

Publication Info. Orlando : Harcourt, [2006]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Princeton PL Adult Non-Fiction - PRGG-8  362.8682 HUM    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  362.8682 HUM    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description 319 pages ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [310]-311) and index.
Summary 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. Spun as the "G.I. Bill of Rights," it became the single most transformative bill of the twentieth century, including 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. 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.--From publisher description.
Contents Troop movement unlike any other -- The greatest regeneration: the accidental remaking of America -- Cold wars, hot rockets, a new American dream -- Investing in the future: Bill Thomas and the rise of Suburbia -- Bill and Vivian Kingsley: G.I. tech -- Out of the blue: medical miracles -- Nixon and Kennedy, Bonnie and Clyde: the G.I. Bill and the arts -- Gunnery mates and other invisible veterans: women and the G.I. Bill that wasn't -- Monte Posey's war: race and the G.I. Bill --What's inside? Leaders and the G.I. Bill --Kilroy's not here: the future and the G.I. Bill.
Subject United States. Armed Forces -- Demobilization -- History -- 20th century.
GI Bill.
Veterans -- Services for -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- United States.
War and society -- United States.
Suburban life -- United States.
United States.
ISBN 0151007101

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