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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it$
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Frank Stricker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882290_stricker

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Planning The War On Poverty: Fixing the Poor or Fixing the Economy?

Planning The War On Poverty: Fixing the Poor or Fixing the Economy?

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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it
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Frank Stricker

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882290_stricker.6

This chapter focuses on President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty that set in motion a series of programs such as increased spending and lower taxes to stimulate job creation, Medicare and Medicaid, and a higher minimum wage and Social Security benefits. It begins by discussing an informal survey conducted by Newsweek magazine in February 1964, which profiled nine poor households. The chapter then considers President John F. Kennedy's role in planting the seeds of the War on Poverty, as well as the factors that created a context for the War on Poverty. It turns to measures adopted by the Johnson administration to address poverty, especially its emphasis on fixing the attitudes and skills of poor people and community institutions, also dubbed “the culture of poverty,” and whether this approach was the right one. Finally, the chapter comments on The Other America (1962), a book written by Michael Harrington, a Marxist and member of the Socialist Party.

Keywords:   poverty, Lyndon Johnson, War on Poverty, John F. Kennedy, Medicare, minimum wage, Social Security, culture of poverty, Other America, Michael Harrington

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