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.