Poverty: Progress, Protest & Politics

"I would guess," says Anti-Poverty Director Sargent Shriver of his nine-month-old Office of Economic Opportunity, "that no Federal Government program in peacetime has ever gone so far so fast, or ever zeroed in so well." With $793 million allocated and another $1.5 billion requested, the anti-poverty program has indeed gone a long way in a short time; now, by Shriver's count, it directly affects 1,735,000 people.* How well it has zeroed in is a question that is being debated throughout much of the U.S.

Local incidents have aroused storms of protest. Citizens of...

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