War on Poverty A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980

ISBN-10: 0820339490

ISBN-13: 9780820339498

Edition: 2011

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Description: Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty has long been portrayed as the most potent symbol of all that is wrong with big government. Conservatives deride the War on Poverty for corruption and the creation of ;poverty pimps, ; and even liberals carefully distance themselves from it. Examining the long War on Poverty from the 1960s onward, this book makes a controversial argument that the programs were in many ways a success, reducing poverty rates and weaving a social safety net that has proven as enduring as programs that came out of the New Deal. The War on Poverty also transformed American politics from the grass roots up, mobilizing poor people across the nation. Blacks in crumbling cities, rural whites in Appalachia, Cherokees in Oklahoma, Puerto Ricans in the Bronx, migrant Mexican farmworkers, and Chinese immigrants from New York to California built social programs based on Johnson's vision of a greater, more just society. Contributors to this volume chronicle these vibrant and largely unknown histories while not shying away from the flaws and failings of the movement-including inadequate funding, co-optation by local political elites, and blindness to the reality that mothers and their children made up most of the poor. In the twenty-first century, when one in seven Americans receives food stamps and community health centers are the largest primary care system in the nation, the War on Poverty is as relevant as ever. This book helps us to understand the turbulent era out of which it emerged and why it remains so controversial to this day.

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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

<b>Robert Bauman</b> was a criminal investigator with the Department of Defense for 24 years. He lives in San Jose, California. He is a Principal in the Bauman & Rasor Group, an investigative and consulting firm specializing in lawsuits involving government fraud.

Introduction: The War on Poverty from the Grass Roots Up
Battles over Community Action
"This Government Is with Us": Lyndon Johnson and the Grassroots War on Poverty
"To Challenge the Status Quo by Any Means": Community Action and Representational Politics in 1960s Baltimore
Ideological Diversity and the Implementation of the War on Poverty in Houston
Defining the Space of Participation in a Northern City: Tejanos and the War on Poverty in Milwaukee
Poor Mothers and the War on Poverty
Saving Babies in Memphis: The Politics of Race, Health, and Hunger during the War on Poverty
"Someday &#8230; the Colored and White Will Stand Together": The War on Poverty, Black Power Politics, and Southern Women's Interracial Alliances
"Parent Power": Evelina L�pez Antonetty, the United Bronx Parents, and the War on Poverty
Gender, Civil Rights Activism, and the War on Poverty in Los Angeles
The War on Poverty, the Civil Rights Movement, and Southern Politics
Poverty Wars in the Louisiana Delta: White Resistance, Black Power, and the Poorest Place in America
Plantation Politics: The Tufts-Delta Health Center and Intraracial Class Conflict in Mississippi, 1965-1972
Fighting for the Child Development Group of Mississippi: Poor People, Local Politics, and the Complicated Legacy of Head Start
Going Back to Selma: Organizing for Change in Dallas County after the March to Montgomery
The War on Poverty and the Chicano Movement in Texas: Confronting "Tio Tom�s" and the "Gringo Pseudoliberals"
What Do They Really Mean by Community Development?
Looking Back to the City in the Hills: The Council of the Southern Mountains and a Longer View of the War on Poverty in the Appalachian South, 1913-1970
The War on Poverty in Mississippi and Oklahoma: Beyond Black and White
The House That "Equality" Built: The Asian American Movement and the Legacy of Community Action
Conclusion: The War on the War on Poverty and American Politics since the 1960s
Contributors
Index
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