The War on Poverty: How Far Have We Come?
Lady Bird Johnson: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Three to four class periods
President Johnson was aware and concerned about the poverty and urban riots during this time period. He declared a “War on Poverty” and created programs such as “Upward Bound” and “Head Start”. Lady Bird also focused on the urban issues and her love of children. She became involved and supported the “Head Start” program by visiting classrooms and presenting support speeches. At one point when funding was in jeopardy on the floor of Congress, she intervened to ensure the funding. During this time Lady Bird traveled the U.S. for support to beautify the roads, urban America, and America in general.
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University