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What was the importance of the GI Bill of Rights for American society?

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kerryloo22 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM via web

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What was the importance of the GI Bill of Rights for American society?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM (Answer #1)

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The GI Bill that was enacted after WWII is seen as one of the most important pieces of legislation ever.  It totally remade America's society and economy.

First, the GI Bill allowed many more Americans to go to college or to get other forms of post-secondary training.  This greatly increased their ability to earn money and helped lead to the creation of a much larger middle class in the country.

Second, the GI Bill helped veterans buy their own homes in the new suburbs.  This changed American society from an urban society to a suburban one.  Manhattan, in New York City, had a larger population after WWII than it has now.  This is symptomatic of the way that America has "moved to the suburbs."   The GI Bill was instrumental in causing this move.

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