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Launching the War on Poverty : An Oral History

By: Gillette, Michael L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Oxford Oral History Series: Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 2014Edition: 2nd ed.Description: 1 online resource (481 p.).ISBN: 9780199750689.Subject(s): Economic assistance, Domestic - United States | Politicians - United States | Poverty - United States | United States - Politics and government - 1963-1969 | United States - Social policyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Launching the War on Poverty : An Oral HistoryDDC classification: 362.5 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1 CAMELOT CONFRONTS THE CULTURE OF POVERTY""; ""2 THE WAR ON POVERTY TASK FORCE""; ""3 CREATING THE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM""; ""4 EMPLOYMENT VERSUS POVERTY""; ""5 RURAL PROGRAMS""; ""6 THE ENACTMENT OF POVERTY LEGISLATION""; ""7 THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: “The Most Action In Town�""; ""8 THE JOB CORPS""; ""9 THE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM""; ""10 AN EARLY SUCCESS: Project Head Start""; ""11 ADVOCATES FOR THE POOR: VISTA and the Legal Services Program""; ""12 DELEGATED PROGRAMS""; ""13 CHALLENGES TO HEAD START""
""14 THE JOBS CORPS UNDER SIEGE""""15 ""KEEPING THE TRASH IN ONE PILE"": Legislative Battles""; ""16 OEO�S STRUGGLE TO ENDURE""; ""17 EPILOGUE AND ASSESSMENTS""; ""Appendix: Oral History Interviews""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Websites""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""X""; ""Y""; ""Z""
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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""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1 CAMELOT CONFRONTS THE CULTURE OF POVERTY""; ""2 THE WAR ON POVERTY TASK FORCE""; ""3 CREATING THE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM""; ""4 EMPLOYMENT VERSUS POVERTY""; ""5 RURAL PROGRAMS""; ""6 THE ENACTMENT OF POVERTY LEGISLATION""; ""7 THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: “The Most Action In Town�""; ""8 THE JOB CORPS""; ""9 THE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM""; ""10 AN EARLY SUCCESS: Project Head Start""; ""11 ADVOCATES FOR THE POOR: VISTA and the Legal Services Program""; ""12 DELEGATED PROGRAMS""; ""13 CHALLENGES TO HEAD START""

""14 THE JOBS CORPS UNDER SIEGE""""15 ""KEEPING THE TRASH IN ONE PILE"": Legislative Battles""; ""16 OEO�S STRUGGLE TO ENDURE""; ""17 EPILOGUE AND ASSESSMENTS""; ""Appendix: Oral History Interviews""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Websites""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""; ""X""; ""Y""; ""Z""

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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For almost 50 years, the Great Society has provoked heated debate as to its goals and its ultimate effectiveness. To some on the Right, the War on Poverty was considered a wasteful "socialist" experiment and its principal benefactor, Lyndon Johnson, the architect of a ruinous experiment. However, in this revealing collection of oral histories, Gillette (director, Humanities Texas) clearly demonstrates that no one outlook prevailed. Johnson envisioned the antipoverty program as a "hand up, not a hand out," while others, such as Adam Yarmolinsky, saw it as the main focus to "empower" the poor. From the beginning, LBJ thought the community action teams should work closely with existing local governments; others, reflecting Sargent Shriver's views, wanted to create power blocs of disadvantaged groups. Johnson came to hate his own creation, regarding the "empowerment" movement as a threat to the Democratic Party. Nevertheless, the interviews with key participants make clear that thinking on the issue was as uniform as its critics supposed it was. An excellent collection. Summing Up; Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. R. Turner Davis and Elkins College

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Michael L. Gillette directed the LBJ Library's Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991. He subsequently served as director of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives for twelve years and is currently executive director of Humanities Texas, the state humanities council.

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