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8 - liberalism - November 8

8 - liberalism - November 8 - Twentieth-Century Liberalism...

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Twentieth-Century Liberalism
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Liberalism: Shifting definitions 19 th century meaning: laissez-faire economics and limited government Twentieth century Dominant political culture, 1930s-1980s embraced by majority of Americans Franklin D. Roosevelt/New Deal Economic individualism moderated by democratic social safeguards government has responsibility to provide for basic welfare of its citizens Proposal for “economic bill of rights” as basis for freedom GI Bill, Trade unions
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Lyndon B. Johnson “Great Society” Born of optimism from above and pressure from below 1964-1967
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War on Poverty Michael Harrington, The Other America To be impoverished is to be an internal alien, to grow up in a culture that is radically different from the one that dominates the society.” “Living out in the suburbs, it is easy to assume that ours is, indeed, an affluent society.”
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Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 Help the poor help themselves VISTA—Volunteers in Service to America Upward Bound Work-study jobs, legal services, food stamps, Project Head Start
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