Today in History: In 1964 President Johnson Signed Economic Opportunity Act

President Lyndon B. Johnson

The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was central to Johnson’s Great Society campaign and its War on Poverty.

Implemented by the since disbanded Office of Economic Opportunity, the Act included several social programs to promote the health, education, and general welfare of the impoverished.

Although most of the initiatives in the Act have since been modified, weakened, or altogether rolled back, its remaining programs include Head Start, and Job Corps.

Remaining War on Poverty programs are managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Community Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.


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