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The Republican Party and the War on Poverty: 1964-1981

Mark Mclay


This book provides a new perspective on the American Presidency through the lens of the ascendant Republican Party and its evolving challenge to Lyndon B. Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ (1964-1981). A core element of Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ vision, the War on Poverty began as a series of experimental antipoverty initiatives that were imbued with the long-term aim of vastly reducing American poverty. The antipoverty effort, however, failed to achieve widespread political backing during the 1960s and 1970s, before being symbolically ended by Ronald Reagan’s social welfare cuts in 1981. Previously ... More

Keywords: Republicans, War on Poverty, Great Society, Reagan, Nixon, US politics, Congress, presidency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474475525
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Mclay, author
University of Glasgow