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American Forum - Soldiers to Citizens: The GI Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation

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Suzanne Mettler
February 24, 2006
11:00AM (EST)

Suzanne Mettler
Suzanne Mettler

Suzanne Mettler, associate professor of political science at Cornell University, explores how the GI Bill elevated civic and political involvement among its beneficiaries, especially men of the World War II generation, across lines of class and race. In our time of declining civic engagement and growing economic inequality, Mettler argues that the GI Bill offers "important lessons about how a public policy can ameliorate both trends."

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