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The G.I. Bill

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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402935

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  • Scholars have argued about U.S. state development - in particular its laggard social policy and weak institutional capacity - for generations. Neo-institutionalism has informed and enriched these debates, but, as yet, no scholar has reckoned with a very successful and sweeping social policy designed by the federal government: the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the GI Bill. Kathleen J. Frydl addresses the GI Bill in this study based on systematic and comprehensive use of the records of the Veterans Administration. Frydl's research situates the Bill squarely in debates about institutional development, social policy and citizenship, and political legitimacy. It demonstrates the multiple ways in which the GI Bill advanced federal power and social policy, and, at the very same time, limited its extent and its effects.

    • Was the first book on the GI Bill to use declassified records of the Veterans Administration
    • Places the GI Bill in an intellectually sophisticated, analytic frame, drawing conclusions about the modern US state
    • Debunks some commonly held perceptions about the GI Bill
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    • Winner of the 2010 Louis Brownlow Book Award

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    Review of the hardback: 'Kathleen Frydl's history of the G.I. Bill illuminates both the legislation itself and the way Congress operated in the mid-1940s. She has also fused her study of the political history of the Act to an examination of its social and cultural origins and effects as it became, in popular parlance, the G.I. Bill of Rights. It is an exceptionally impressive work of scholarship.' Alan Brinkley, Columbia University

    Review of the hardback: 'Kathleen Frydl tells the dark side of how racial politics affected the best of legislative good attentions embodied in the G. I. Bill, the most celebrated social policy to emerge out of the Second World War. She takes the reader beyond a simple left-right divide and shows political history at its best - nuanced, carefully balanced, and sobering.' Donald T. Critchlow, author of The Conservative Ascendancy: How GOP Made Political History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402935
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The roots of the GI Bill
    2. The GI Bill
    3. Fall from grace
    4. Scandal and the GI Bill
    5. African-American veterans
    6. Housing
    7. Higher education.

  • Author

    Kathleen J. Frydl, University of California, Berkeley


    • Winner of the 2010 Louis Brownlow Book Award

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