Most people understand poverty as the lack of means, money, material goods, or other resources to live decently. For the U.S, the Americans felt poverty to be as much a moral condition as an economic problem.
Society recognized that poverty could result from misfortune. The people used the term poverty line to refer to the minimum amount of income one would need to meet the basic needs.
1965 was when the very first official poverty line was established. scientists examined poverty and they defined poverty as a lack of income.