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LBJ Sells the War on Poverty

Throughout the period leading up to the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, Lyndon Johnson frequently spoke of the War on Poverty in terms of improving the work habits of the poor and providing them with job and training opportunities. Conservatives were frequent targets of these appeals. This excerpt of a Johnson conversation with Texas Congressman George Mahon offers an example of such an effort to present the War on Poverty in terms of traditional goals and values.

Date:  Jul 29, 1964
Participants:  Lyndon Johnson, George Mahon
Conversation Number:  WH6407.18-4407

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