Launching the War on Poverty An Oral History

ISBN-10: 0195387279
ISBN-13: 9780195387278
Edition: 2nd 2010
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Description: The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was one of the great legislative triumphs of Lyndon Johnson's presidency. In Launching the War on Poverty, forty-nine veterans of this unprecedented legislative effort tell their stories, offering a fascinating  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was one of the great legislative triumphs of Lyndon Johnson's presidency. In Launching the War on Poverty, forty-nine veterans of this unprecedented legislative effort tell their stories, offering a fascinating inside look at how Community Action, Head Start, the Job Corps, Legal Services, and other efforts went from brainstorming sessions in Washington to real-life programs in low-income neighborhoods throughout the nation. As the interviews reveal the idealism of the 1960s, they also capture the excitement and disappointment, the determination and doubt, the cut-and-thrust of American lawmaking, and the sheer force of the personalities involved. This second edition offers a new introduction that shows how many of these programs survived a volatile beginning to become accepted, permanent elements of domestic policy. In addition, the book now includes transcripts of Johnson's pivotal phone conversations, underscoring the president's determination and resourcefulness, his judgments of personnel and programs, and his sensitivity to political fallout. There is an updated bibliography with a list of web and archival sources on the War on Poverty.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Camelot Confronts the Culture of Poverty
The War on Poverty Task Force
Creating the Community Action Program
Employment Versus Poverty
Rural Programs
The Enactment of Poverty Legislation
The Office of Economic Opportunity: "The Most Action in Town"
The Job Corps
The Community Action Program
An Early Success: Project Head Start
Advocates for the Poor: Vista and the Legal Services Program
Delegated Programs
Challenges to Head Start
The Jobs Corps Under Siege
"Keeping the Trash in One Pile": Legislative Battles
Oeo's Struggle to Endure
Epilogue and Assessments
Appendix: Oral History Interviews
Notes
Bibliography
Websites
Index

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