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viii Eugene G. Schwartz

Association After World War II, published in 2006 by the American Council on Education/ Praeger Publishing.

As a veteran, I became active in the City College of New York Veterans Association while pursuing my civil engineering degree. That, in turn, engaged me in student government. As a consequence I found myself involved in the organizing conventions of the U.S. National Student Association in December of 1946 and September of 1947. The founding of the U.S. National Student Association (NSA) in September of 1947 was shaped by the immediate concerns and world view of the “GI Bill Generation” of American students, returning from a world at war to building a world at peace.

Inspired by victory in Europe and Asia and the founding of the United Nations in 1945, thousands of young American students joined international clubs on campus and traveled abroad to help in post-war reconstruction and to learn about people in other countries.

Millions of returning veteranswith the help of the GI Bill more than doubled enrollment in the nation’s 1,700 colleges and universities. The student leaders who emerged after World War II were intent upon dismantling the old ways of paternalism, elit ism,

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