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The War on Poverty, 50 years Later

Fifty years ago, in early 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson publicly called for a “War on Poverty.” This far-reaching effort in the mid-1960s brought about many changes to the way Americans look at and officially respond to poverty and discrimination. One document (from a University of Virginia faculty website) sums it up nicely: Between President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union address in 1964 and the liberal setbacks suffered in the congressional elections of 1966, the Johnson administration pushed through an unprecedented amount of antipoverty legislation. The Economic Opportunity Act… Read more The War on Poverty, 50 years Later