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

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474475525

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475525.001.0001

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Order or justice? Republicans and the ‘urban crisis’, 1966–67

Order or justice? Republicans and the ‘urban crisis’, 1966–67

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(p.94) 3 Order or justice? Republicans and the ‘urban crisis’, 1966–67
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The Republican Party and the War on Poverty: 1964-1981
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Mark Mclay

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475525.003.0004

This chapter explores the Republican response to the ‘urban crisis’ of the mid-to-late 1960s. Specifically, it shows how conservative Republicans used the crisis – and particularly the violent uprisings and riots - to oppose further urban anti-poverty programmes and to advocate for ‘law and order’. Nonetheless, the chapter explains why a small band of moderate and progressive Republicans were spurred by the crisis into saving Johnson’s War on Poverty when it looked set to be scrapped in 1967.

Keywords:   Urban crisis, riots, Republicans, Economic Opportunity Act, rat control, congress, law and order, race relations

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