Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream, by Edward Humes

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When it comes to learning about events and people in history, nothing beats a primary source. There is information directly from the event and there are no worries about incorrect data because the author was there to witness said event. But the main problem with primary sources is the fact that it only covers part of the story. So if a book is written about, say, the concentration camps of World War II, then all that it would be about would be that persons view of the camps, not what was happening during the actually war. This is where secondary sources come in. Secondary sources are written by authors who were not involved in the event, but rather did research on said event and wrote a novel covering what they believe to be all important …show more content…
(Humes 38)
This quotation showing that Humes finds Rankin in the wrong for wanting to stop the G.I. Bill by using the phrase, “the dam Rankin had erected was breached” (Humes 38). Throughout the novel, Humes also intends on showing the readers that the G.I. Bill changed the U.S. and the American Dream for the better. He does this in a well mannered way which is convincing and contains a new perspective on the lives of the soldiers first partaking in this new Bill. Humes’ intentions for writing this novel were to show that the G.I. Bill was good the United States and helped veterans along with promoting a new American dream. He does so in a logical manner which proves his point to the many readers of his novel. Humes is sure to keep his ideas in chronological order, this way the readers do not feel like they are going back and forth throughout history, they are just progressively moving forward, making the novel easier to follow. For example, with the story about the United States veteran by the name of Allan Howerton, Humes is sure to progressively portray his life. Starting out with his story prior to fighting the war, then leading into him fighting in the war, and continuing on to him as a veteran and his life after the war. Humes is sure to include information throughout his novel which prove his point, and when the novel comes to a close, he is sure to one final time get out his point, “If you ask the question—Who is the world’s superpower

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