Looking at Appalachia: Fifty years after the War on Poverty

Moundsville, Marshall County, WV. Photo by Rebecca Kiger, July 17, 2014

During his State of the Union address in January 1964,  President Lyndon B. Johnson unveiled his plans to address the nation’s poverty, which then hovered at a rate of nineteen percent. The major legislative initiatives in what became known as the War on Poverty included the Food Stamp Act, the Social Security Act (which created …

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