Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History

Paperback | July 15, 2010

byMichael L. Gillette

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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, HeadStart, 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 determinationand 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 booknow 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 onPoverty.

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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, HeadStart, the Job Corps, Legal Services, and other...

Michael L. Gillette is Executive Director of Humanities Texas and the former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Oral History Program.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195387279

ISBN - 13:9780195387278

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ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Camelot Confronts the Culture of Poverty2. The War on Poverty Task Force3. Creating the Community Action Program4. Employment versus Poverty5. Rural Programs6. The Enactment of Poverty Legislation7. The Office of Economic Opportunity: "The Most Action in Town"8. The Job Corps9. The Community Action Program10. An Early Success: Project Head Start11. Advocates for the Poor: VISTA and the Legal Services Program12. Delegated Programs13. Challenges to Head Start14. The Job Corps under Siege15. "Keeping the Trash in One Pile": Legislative Battles16. OEO's Struggle to Endure17. AssessmentsAppendix: Oral History InterviewsNotes and ReferencesBibliographyIndex