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Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century

Christopher P. Loss


This book tracks the dramatic outcomes of the federal government's growing involvement in higher education between World War I and the 1970s, and the conservative backlash against that involvement from the 1980s onward. The book recovers higher education's central importance to the larger social and political history of the United States in the twentieth century, and chronicles its transformation into a key mediating institution between citizens and the state. Framed around the three major federal higher education policies of the twentieth century—the 1944 G.I. Bill, the 1958 National Defense ... More

Keywords: American higher education, social history, political history, 1944 G.I. Bill, 1958 National Defense Education Act, 1965 Higher Education Act, economic security, national security, marginalized groups, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691148274
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher P. Loss, author
Vanderbilt University