Hidden History: The War on Poverty at 50

http://truth-out.org/news/item/21980-hidden-history-the-war-on-poverty-at-50

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty" in his first State of the Union address. The centerpiece of the poverty program was passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, which featured most prominently the Community Action Program (CAP) and the Job Corps. The long-invisible history of empowerment, struggle and ultimately defeat and abandonment of America’s poor under CAP contains powerful lessons of hope and despair that Americans need to understand.

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