The War on Poverty 50 Years Later


The War on Poverty 50 Years Later

In 1964 the War on Poverty began with the passage of President Lyndon Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act. This was the start of many anti-poverty programs that provided access to health care, nutritional assistance and educational support that continue today. 

The Center for Poverty Research War on Poverty Conference, held on January 9-10, 2014 at UC Davis, hosted top poverty scholars who look closely at the War on Poverty, including its legacy 50 years later.

In these pages we have gathered conference presentations with additional work related to the War on Poverty including:

  • Audio recordings of conference presentations and slides
  • New research studies and policy briefs on safety net programs
  • Facts and figures, as well as links to outside sources, that provide a clearer picture of the U.S. safety net
  • New articles that explore different aspects of poverty

Central to our mission is the dissemination of poverty research. We hope you will consider these pages a useful, ongoing resource.