The Resource Launching the war on poverty : an oral history, Michael L. Gillette

Launching the war on poverty : an oral history, Michael L. Gillette

Label
Launching the war on poverty : an oral history
Title
Launching the war on poverty
Title remainder
an oral history
Statement of responsibility
Michael L. Gillette
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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 legislation 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 toward poverty. In Launching the War on Poverty, historian Michael L. Gillette weaves together oral history interviews with the architects of the Great Society's boldest experiment. Forty-nine former poverty warriors, including Sargent Shriver, Adam Yarmolinsky, and Lawrence O'Brien, recount this inside story of unprecedented governmental innovation. The interviews capture the excitement and heady optimism of Americans in the 1960s along with their conflicts and disillusionment. This new edition of Launching the War on Poverty adds the voice of Lyndon Johnson to the story with excerpts from his recently released White House telephone conversations. In these colorful and brutally candid conversations, LBJ exercises his full arsenal of presidential powers, political leverage, and legendary persuasiveness to win one of his most difficult legislative battles. The second edition also documents how the OEO's offspring survived their volatile origins to become broadly supported features of domestic policy
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gillette, Michael L
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC110.P63
LC item number
G54 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Oxford oral history series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poverty
  • Economic assistance, Domestic
  • Politicians
  • Armut
  • Sozialpolitik
  • Economic assistance, Domestic
  • Political science
  • Politicians
  • Poverty
  • Social policy
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Launching the war on poverty : an oral history, Michael L. Gillette
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
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
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xx, 458 p.
Isbn
9780195387278
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009038655
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)438055299
  • (OCoLC)ocn438055299
Label
Launching the war on poverty : an oral history, Michael L. Gillette
Publication
Bibliography note
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
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xx, 458 p.
Isbn
9780195387278
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009038655
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)438055299
  • (OCoLC)ocn438055299

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