"The GI Bill"
Introduction Since the Revolutionary War, when American soldiers returned home, the federal government rewarded them for their service. For soldiers returning from World War II, the reward came in the form of the GI Bill of Rights. This one piece of legislation had long-lasting effects that reached far beyond any politician's expectations. Many historians believe that our modern society is a product of the changes that occurred after 8 million soldiers took advantage of the GI Bill's opportunities. Explore web sites on this topic and consider the GI Bill's impact on education, suburban growth, small business, and the middle class.
Sample web sites:
PBS -- http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/july-dec00/gibill_7-4.html
Dept. of Veterans Affairs -- http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/history.htm
Ohio Historical Society -- http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1396
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After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.
ConclusionThe GI Bill assisted millions of Americans after World War II. The bill called for a wide range of support for returning veterans and had far-reaching effects. Do you think the GI Bill was a good investment for the U.S. government? What are the benefits and downsides of this kind of social program?
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