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Chapter 9: The Great Depression and the Long-Term Effects of World War II and the Cold War on American Education

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The Great Depression and the Long-Term Effects of World War II and the Cold War on American Education
The great depression and the long-term effects of World War II and the Cold War on American education

National crises naturally exert dramatic influences on education. The Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War presented some of the greatest challenges the United States had ever faced. Despite these formidable challenges, overall, the nation's students and schools responded well. During the Great Depression, the overwhelming majority of schools encountered significant financial cutbacks. However, both schools and students responded well. Schools learned to operate with tremendous efficiency, and student achievement ascended to great heights. World War II caused the nation and its school system to confront racial problems ...

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