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War on Poverty

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History of the War on Poverty

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War on Poverty: Did we win or lose? | IN 60 SECONDS

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LBJ State of Union War on Poverty

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The War on Work

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America's War on Poverty

The War on Poverty is the unofficial name for legislation first introduced by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 8, 1964. This legislation was proposed by Johnson in response to a national poverty rate of around nineteen percent. The speech led the United States Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act, which established the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to administer the local application of federal funds targeted against poverty.
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