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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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Evaluating the War on Poverty

Evaluating the War on Poverty

The Conservatism Of Liberalism

(p.61) Chapter Three Evaluating the War on Poverty
Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it

Frank Stricker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter evaluates the programs that were commonly associated with President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, especially those that were implemented by R. Sargent Shriver's Office of Economic Opportunity. In particular, it considers job-training programs, paying particular attention to the Manpower Development and Training Act and the Job Corps, along with Head Start, Neighborhood Legal Services, and community action programs. The chapter then outlines some of what planners and politicians did to address poverty during the 1960s, and analyzes which among the War on Poverty, economic growth, and cash transfers cured poverty in 1965–1970. It concludes by discussing the impact of Johnson's liberalism on his antipoverty crusade.

Keywords:   poverty, Lyndon Johnson, War on Poverty, job training, Manpower Development, Head Start, community action programs, economic growth, cash transfers, liberalism

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