PBS' gem on the GI Bill At a glance

October 22, 1997|By David Zurawik

It's not flashy. In fact, there are moments in which the archival clips are only a cut or two above the stuff of high school science films. Nevertheless, "The GI Bill: The Law That Changed America" (10: 30 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) is a PBS documentary not to be missed.

The filmmakers marshal an array of astonishing facts about this landmark piece of legislation and present them in an absolutely lucid manner. The result is an ironclad case for their claim that with one stroke of the pen in 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt transformed American society by creating the middle class to which most of us now claim membership.

If you are not of the upper class, this bill is probably the main reason you or your parents were able to go to college or own a home. This is an hour of television that truly helps us understand who we are and how we came to be that way.

Pub Date: 10/22/97

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