U.s. Government During The Cold War

736 WordsOct 14, 20143 Pages
Tensions during the Cold War sparked many changes in American legislation, altering the way many lived their lives. One of the most obvious areas of change is in education, with the fear of Soviet dominance causing transformations across the nation. The severe adjustment of government education changed the way students learned, the information taught in the classroom, and the overall view of education in the eyes of the public in a positive way. Government Changes: Summary: Changes instigated by the U.S. government during the Cold War had a profound effect on the educational landscape, as they altered how people viewed education, who had access to education, what they were taught, how they were taught, etc. Although many changes were done on the local and state level, the most considerable effects are seen after changes were made on the national scale, in legislations such as the National Defense Education Act of 1958, and in government bodies such as the Department of Education. G.I. Bills(1944 & 1984): The original G.I. Bill was signed into law in 1944, under the name Serviceman 's Readjustment Act. After WWI, millions of veterans returned home, only to face massive unemployment and a recession. After WWII, twice as many veterans would return to similar issues if nothing was done. With the chance of another recession looming, legislators created the Serviceman 's Readjustment Act. The act, which became known as the G.I. Bill, provided $500(about $6,757 today) to veterans
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