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Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation : Oxford University Press , 2005


Oxford University Press

From the summary: “The G.I. Bill fueled not only the development of the middle class: it also revitalized American democracy. Americans who came of age during World War II joined fraternal groups and neighborhood and community organizations and took part in politics at rates that made the postwar era the twentieth century's civic "golden age." Drawing on extensive interviews and surveys with hundreds of members of the "greatest generation," Suzanne Mettler finds that by treating veterans as first-class citizens and in granting advanced education, the Bill inspired them to become the active participants thanks to whom memberships in civic organizations soared and levels of political activity peaked. Mettler probes how this landmark law produced such a civic renaissance.”

Authors - Mettler, Suzanne



Mettler, Suzanne


Oxford University Press

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