Great Society By: Troy Dufford

Great Society By: Troy Dufford

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  • I'm Lyndon B. Johnson and my Great Society plan was a set of domestic governmental programs started in the mid-60s that aimed to eliminate poverty and racial inequality. This program and its constituent parts were backed by the Democrats in government, which at this time, was a vast majority. 
  • My plan borrowed ideas from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and John F. Kennedy's New Frontier. During this time America experienced economic prosperity, as well as rises in employment and higher income levels. 
  • My "war on poverty" mostly occurred through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which created the Office of Economic Opportunity that oversaw all antipoverty plans. These plans did not simply raise the salaries of the lower class, but provided them with better education and job training to help them help themselves. 
  • The legacy of my Great Society plan is not as impactful as one may assume from the achievements it created. 
  • The bulk of the programs contained within my plan were disassembled because later Presidents tasked other government offices with those responsibilities, such as poverty control. 
  • Also, the Great Society programs reduced poverty by approximately 50%, but increased federal expenses, so many of the plans were dissolved.
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