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“Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope—some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both.  Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.  This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.

Our chief weapons…will be better schools, and better health, and better homes, and better training, and better job opportunities to help more Americans, especially young Americans, escape from squalor and misery and unemployment. …not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.”

Lyndon Baines Johnson, State of the Union Address, 1964

Note:  Monumental as were some of the achievements of Lyndon Johnson’s Administration, they were nothing beside the dreams he had enunciated in that first State of Union speech, forty-seven days after the tragic death of John F. Kennedy.  Although…

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