GI Bill of Rights
Nature of article
The article that has been provided sheds light and explores the different aspects and dimensions of the GI Bill of Rights which is also known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944.
The bill that was presented in the US Congress after the end of the Second World War primarily accentuated upon the different ways and methods through which the veterans involved in the war from US were able to rejuvenate their educational as well as financial lives after the war ended and in what ways was the state able to provide them with the incentives that helped them in turning over a new leaf to their lives.
The article written by Michael Bennet states after the end of the Great War in 1945, a drastic shift of employment priorities was observed in the United States. Enrollments in military slumped from 11.4 million in 1945 to 3.4 million in 1946. On the other hand the rise in the number of civil employment jobs was constantly surging.
It had reached 57.5 in 1946 from 53.8 million in 1945. But an important question that has been posed by the article accentuates upon the other proportion of people who were out of work but despite of that were not looking for jobs. It was precisely for these people that the GI Bill of Rights was presented so that proper educational and training programs for these people can be initiated on a proper and effective scale by the government.
It has been stated that over 7.8 million military veterans of the US enrolled in the different educational and other training programs that were started by different institutes. The article discusses the life experiences of various such people that enrolled in the different training programs that were initiated under the banner of the GI bill of rights and helped them in transforming their personal as well as professional lives.
Argument of the article
The author has based the structure and organization of the essay with the help of developing realistic elements in the article by incorporating real life experiences of people who took advantage of the educational as well as financial incentives that were provided by the state according to the injunctions of the GI Bill of Rights.
One such story described by the author is of Les Faulk who was in Turtle Creek and had graduated from high school in the year 1944. However after returning from the war he was able to complete his graduation from the very same institute. Not only was this he also able to pursue his education till masters as well as doctorate level.
Nevertheless, it has also been mentioned by the author that despite of all the welfare works and services that the state was providing its war veterans a certain alienation and segregation of the society on the basis of ethnicity and national identity has also been highlighted.
This is easily manifested when the author states in the case of Les that being from an Italian immigrant family was equivalent of being a black skin as far as admission in college was concerned. This further accentuates upon the fact that the admission of students in colleges was conducted on the basis of their ethnic and racial identity.
Nonetheless, in the subsequent phases of the article he also states that the opportunities for whites as well as black population of the country was conducted on an equal footing without any sort of racial or color oriented discrimination.
Opinion about article
During the course of the entire article the author at various points of the whole discussion emphasizes upon the significance and importance of acquiring quality education through the help of which many of the people who had lost hope of making a better life for them were able to rejuvenate their personal as well as family lives. In this entire article he also highlights the revolutionary role that the GI Bill right has played in making this possible. The article also sheds light upon the different racial and ethnic barriers that also exist for students belonging to minority sects as far as the admission of such students in prestigious institutes like Harvard is concerned.
For further explanation of this issue the author has also presented the case of O’Hara who because of his Irish origin faces difficulty in gaining admission in the university for the continuation of his studies.
The author in diverse ways presents various perspectives through the help of which he glorifies the benefits of the GI Bill of Rights which has provided people with the services and amenities that were earlier not provided by the government. The GI Bill of Rights explored the different potentials of these people and helped them in acquiring the education that was the best for them. (Bennet, 1996)