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Aug 20

Economic Opportunity Act signed into law 1964

August 20

Today in history: LBJ’s “Great Society” is launched

On this date in 1964, a nearly $1 billion (about $5 billion in current dollars) anti-poverty measure, the Economic Opportunity Act, which created Head Start, VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), and other programs that became part of the “War on Poverty,” was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
When John Gardner became the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, he was joining Pres. Johnson not just as a cabinet member, but as the engineer of LBJ’s ambitious agenda of social reform known as the “Great Society.”


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