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Fifty-Year 'War on Poverty' Brings Progress, Not Victory

In January 1964, President Johnson was aware that almost one in every five Americans lived in poverty. In his first State of the Union address, just weeks after taking office, he proposed a solution. "And this administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said, issuing his first salvo in the "war" that would take the form of new programs to improve nutrition, health care, education and job training. "Our chief...

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