U. S. Statutes at Large (78th Cong., 2nd Sess., p. 284-301)



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WWII: Effects on Americans & the Homefront

1. What was the advertisement below suggesting American consumers do with their products?



2. a) What was the intended effect of this poster?

b) As a table, discuss the symbolism, meaning, effectiveness, etc. of the poster. In other words, discuss “how” the poster gets its message across to the reader.

c) This poster is an example of …?



3. a) What was the unofficial name given to this act of Congress?

b) What “perks” or “rights” exactly did the law offer servicemen who had served in the war?

c) Explain how the provisions (parts) of this law were supposed to help soldiers to “readjust” back into civilian life?

d) Providing these things to former servicemen costs money, which means taxpayers pay the cost. Should the government be responsible for providing these services to former soldiers? Was (and is) this a “good” use of taxpayer money? Why or why not? Provide at least 2 specific ideas (pieces of evidence) to support your position.


U.S. Statutes at Large (78th Cong., 2nd Sess., p. 284-301)

AN ACT


To provide Federal Government aid for the readjustment in civilian life of returning World War II veterans.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the ''Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944''.



(continued)

TITLE II

1. Any person who served in the active military or naval service on or after September 16, 1940, and prior to the termination of the present war,... shall be eligible for and entitled to receive education or training under this part....

TITLE III-LOANS FOR THE PURCHASE OR CONSTRUCTION OF HOMES, FARMS, AND BUSINESS PROPERTY

Chapter V-General Provisions for Loans

Purchase or Construction of Homes

Sec. 501. (a) Any application made by a veteran under this title for the guaranty of a loan to be used in purchasing residential property or in constructing a dwelling on unimproved property owned by him to be occupied as his home may be approved by the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs ....


Source: GI Bill of Rights, 1944.




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