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A people's war on poverty : urban politics and grassroots activists in Houston

Author: Wesley G Phelps
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2014] ©2014
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In A People's War on Poverty, Wesley G. Phelps investigates the on-the-ground implementation of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty during the 1960s and 1970s. He argues that the fluid interaction between federal policies, urban politics, and grassroots activists created a significant site of conflict over the meaning of American democracy and the rights of citizenship that historians have largely overlooked.  Read more...
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Phelps, Wesley G.
People's war on poverty
(DLC) 2013029149
(OCoLC)854980367
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wesley G Phelps
ISBN: 9780820346724 0820346721
OCLC Number: 870646646
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction. The War on Poverty and the Expansion of Democracy; One. Declaring a War on Poverty in the Midst of "Pervasive Conservatism": The Tumultuous Road to Establishing a Community Action Agency, 1964-1965; Two. Creating an Alternative Antipoverty Philosophy for Houston: Grassroots Religious Activists and VISTA Workers Outside the City's Community Action Agency, 1964-1966; Three. An Aggressive Vision for the Community Action Program: Confrontational Politics and the Expansion of Democracy, 1966-1967. Four. A Closing Window of Opportunity for Expanding Democracy: Houston's Public Officials and the Taming of the Community Action Program, 1967Five. A Triumph for the Limited Vision of Democracy: New Leadership and the Expulsion of the Organizers, 1967-1969; Six. National Changes with Local Results: De- escalation of the War on Poverty, 1969-1976; Conclusion. The War on Democracy; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.
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