Published in 1962.
LINKcat: 1 copy in storage
WorldCat: 35 WI holdings
When a Socialist's Book Swayed the Nation. (Daily Yonder, 1/12/2012)
Excerpt: Lyndon Johnson, a seasoned New Dealer from Texas who ascended to the presidency after Kennedy’s death, wasted little time in making poverty a national issue. Invoking Kennedy’s memory, he launched his War on Poverty on January 8, 1964. The Economic Opportunity Act that Johnson sent to Congress reflected his broad-ranging approach to alleviating poverty in rural and urban areas. The legislation addressed poverty on many fronts:
• It proposed a Job Corps and work training and work-study programs to help poor youths complete their educations and develop skills;
• Boosted community development with a Community Action Program based on “maximum feasible participation” to give American communities the opportunity to develop their own comprehensive plans to fight local poverty;
• Set up Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a domestic Peace Corps program to recruit volunteers to counter poverty;
• Proposed a loan program as an incentive for those who hired the unemployed. Congress, at Johnson’s behest, created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to coordinate the War on Poverty, leaving a legacy of positive government activity that included Head Start for disadvantaged school children, food stamps, Medicare, and Medicaid.