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History of Poverty Policy

At the beginning of the 960s, before the inauguration of the

War on Poverty during the Johnson administration, federal

programs to reduce poverty were based on social and eco-

nomic issues that attended the national recovery from the

Great Depression and the effects of World War II. Most, if not

all, of the programs in place in the early 960s were holdovers

from the 930s and 940s.