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Author Gillette, Michael L.

Title Launching the war on poverty [electronic resource] : an oral history / Michael L. Gillette.

Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

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Edition 2nd ed.
Description 1 online resource (xx, 458 pages) : illustrations.
Series The Oxford oral history series
Oxford oral history series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Camelot confronts the culture of poverty -- The war on poverty task force -- Creating the community action program -- Employment versus poverty -- Rural programs -- The enactment of poverty legislation -- The office of economic opportunity: "the most action in town" -- The job corps -- The community action program -- An early success: Project Head Start -- Advocates for the poor : VISTA and the legal services program -- Delegated programs -- Challenges to Head Start -- The job corps under siege -- "Keeping the trash in one pile": legislative battles -- OEO's struggle to endure -- Epilogue and assessments.
Summary Head Start, Job Corps, Foster Grandparents, College Work-Study, VISTA, Community Action, and the Legal Services Corporation are familiar programs, but their tumultuous beginning has been largely forgotten. Conceived amid the daring idealism of the 1960s, these programs originated as weapons in Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, an offensive spearheaded by a controversial new government agency. Within months, the Office of Economic Opportunity created an array of unconventional initiatives that empowered the poor, challenged the established order, and ultimately transformed the nation's attitudes.
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Subject Poverty -- United States.
Economic assistance, Domestic -- United States.
United States -- Social policy.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
Politicians -- United States -- Interviews.
Chronological Term 1963-1969
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books -- Interviews.
Electronic books -- Interviews.
Other Form: Print version: Gillette, Michael L. Launching the war on poverty. 2nd ed. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010 9780195387278 (DLC) 2009038655 (OCoLC)438055299
ISBN 9780199750689 (electronic bk.)
0199750688 (electronic bk.)
9780195387278 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0195387279 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 9786612613449