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Resource: The War on Poverty at 50

Photo: President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes the hand of one of the residents of Appalachia during his 1964 poverty tour. (LBJ library photo by Cecil Stoughton)
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a War on Poverty in his State of the Union address. Congress responded, and ending poverty became a priority for elected leaders. In the ensuing years, from the mid-1960s through the 1970s, the country made dramatic progress in reducing poverty. We have clear evidence of what we can accomplish when our government makes ending poverty a real priority. Still, while social safety net programs help millions of people year, it is time for our nation to renew its dedication to solving the problem of poverty. Despite many advancements made since 1964, poverty is still far too high in the United States

Bread for the World's new background paper "The War on Poverty at 50" closely examines the significant progress that has been made, and identifies reforms that will not only protect the gains this nation has made in addressing the problem of poverty, but move us toward solving it.

Read the background paper below, or in the May edition of Bread for the World's newsletter.



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