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Title The war on poverty : a new grassroots history, 1964-1980 / edited by Annelise Orleck and Lisa Gayle Hazirjian
Published Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2011


Description 1 online resource ([ix], 500 pages)
Contents Battles over community action -- "This Government Is with Us": Lyndon Johnson and the Grassroots War on Poverty -- "To Challenge the Status Quo by Any Means": Community Action and Representational Politics in 1960s Baltimore -- Ideological Diversity and the Implementation of the War on Poverty in Houston -- Defining the Space of Participation in a Northern City: Tejanos and the War on Poverty in Milwaukee -- Poor mothers and the war on poverty -- Saving Babies in Memphis: The Politics of Race, Health, and Hunger during the War on Poverty -- "Someday the Colored and White Will Stand Together": The War on Poverty, Black Power Politics, and Southern Women's Interracial Alliances -- "Parent Power": Evelina López Antonetty, the United Bronx Parents, and the War on Poverty -- Gender, Civil Rights Activism, and the War on Poverty in Los Angeles -- The war on poverty, the civil rights movement, and southern politics -- Poverty Wars in the Louisiana Delta: White Resistance, Black Power, and the Poorest Place in America -- Plantation Politics: The Tufts-Delta Health Center and Intraracial Class Conflict in Mississippi, 1965-1972 -- Fighting for the Child Development Group of Mississippi: Poor People, Local Politics, and the Complicated Legacy of Head Start -- Going Back to Selma: Organizing for Change in Dallas County after the March to Montgomery -- The War on Poverty and the Chicano Movement in Texas: Confronting "Tio Tomás" and the "Gringo Pseudoliberals" -- What do they really mean by community development? -- Looking Back to the City in the Hills: The Council of the Southern Mountains and a Longer View of the War on Poverty in the Appalachian South, 1913-1970 -- The War on Poverty in Mississippi and Oklahoma: Beyond Black and White -- The House That "Equality" Built: The Asian American Movement and the Legacy of Community Action -- The War on the War on Poverty and American Politics since the 1960s
Summary "Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty has long been portrayed as the most potent symbol of all that is wrong with big government. Conservatives deride the War on Poverty for corruption and the creation of "poverty pimps," and even liberals carefully distance themselves from it. Examining the long War on Poverty from the 1960s onward, this book makes a controversial argument that the programs were in many ways a success, reducing poverty rates and weaving a social safety net that has proven as enduring as programs that came out of the New Deal. The War on Poverty also transformed American politics from the grass roots up, mobilizing poor people across the nation. Blacks in crumbling cities, rural whites in Appalachia, Cherokees in Oklahoma, Puerto Ricans in the Bronx, migrant Mexican farmworkers, and Chinese immigrants from New York to California built social programs based on Johnson's vision of a greater, more just society. Contributors to this volume chronicle these vibrant and largely unknown histories while not shying away from the flaws and failings of the movement -- including inadequate funding, co-optation by local political elites, and blindness to the reality that mothers and their children made up most of the poor. In the twenty-first century, when one in seven Americans receives food stamps and community health centers are the largest primary care system in the nation, the War on Poverty is as relevant as ever. This book helps us to understand the turbulent era out of which it emerged and why it remains so controversial to this day."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Poverty -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Economic assistance, Domestic -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Poor -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Community development -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Public welfare -- United States -- History -- 20th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Poverty & Homelessness.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
Community development
Economic assistance, Domestic
Poor -- Political activity
Poverty -- Government policy
Public welfare
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Orleck, Annelise, editor.
Hazirjian, Lisa Gayle, 1968- editor.
LC no. 2011012914
ISBN 9780820341842