Due to the War on Poverty, poverty fell by more than half from 1959 (22.4%) to 1973 (11.1%)

January 16, 2015

 

 

“Amid the strong economy of the 1960s and the War on Poverty, the poverty rate fell from 22.4 percent to 11.1 percent from 1959 and 1973. In the 1990s, a strong economy was combined with policies to promote and support work. The poverty rate dropped from 15.1 percent to 11.3 percent between 1993 and 2000.” p 9

 

"From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to cut poverty in half." April 2007. Center for American Progress: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/04/pdf/poverty_report.pdf
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