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American presidents and the rhetoric of poverty

Jan 8, 2014
January 8, 2014, marks fifty years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in America.
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50 years of the War on Poverty. But which poverty?

Jan 8, 2014
The 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty.
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War on Poverty

On January 8, 1964, LBJ used his first State of the Union Address to declare an unconditional war on poverty. He launched a legislative onslaught to create programs that enhanced the social safety net, and many of them survive today. But perhaps the most eloquent passage in his speech was this: “Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope--some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.”

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