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War on Poverty: From the Great Society to the Great Recession

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty in 1964. He believed a mighty nation could eliminate want. After all, America had won World War II and was enjoying spectacular prosperity. Almost five decades later, the poverty rate is lower but the war is far from won. In the wake of the Great Recession, a new generation of Americans is struggling with economic deprivation. "War on Poverty" will blend contemporary storytelling with rich archival audio to examine the modern face of poverty, and to ask why LBJ's dream of a Great Society is still beyond reach.

Comments [1]

Tete H. Tetens Jr.

I remember a number of years ago a PBS ‘special’ on the war on poverty that I thought was dead on in terms of the reason it ‘failed’. They examined how it had been successful in many ways. Almost all of them having been when the poor had access to the legal system. The ‘establishment’ [whatever that may mean for a person] realized probably the only way, if not the most effective way, for this to be stopped is to deny them access to lawyers. Sooooooo, monies that had been in previous federal budgets for this purpose were cut in the name of ‘balancing the budget.’

I am sad that in your program you neglected to make this connection.

Aug. 22 2010 11:27 AM

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