Module 7 – 7.01: The Great Society
The Big Ideas
Who were the “poor” in the 1950s and 1960s? What were their lives like?
children, migrant laborers(a
worker who moves from place to place seeking work, usually referring to movement according to
the seasons in farming work),
or the elderly. They lived in cities as well as rural areas and a
disproportionate number were African-American. Conditions worsened in inner cities as wealthy
whites moved to the suburbs They often did not have access to health care, adequate housing, or
Briefly describe the War on Poverty.
In the summer of 1964 Johnson declared "war on poverty in
America" and signed his Economic Opportunity Act It was a very
vision, one that saw the
federal government as responsible for securing and improving Americans' well-being. Not all
Americans supported his ideas.
What were the differences between conservatives and liberals in the 60s?
What were the Great Society programs?
How do the Great Society programs under Johnson compare to the New Deal programs started by