Federal Forum Project 1930s involved more than 1 million Americans in weekly forums

May 9, 2015

"In the 1930s, the Department of Education created the Federal Forum Project, which sponsored forums around the nation to educate the public and develop a cultural habit of democratic talk. By 1938, according to William Keith of the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, more than 1 million Americans per year were participating in weekly forums. President Lyndon Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 included a now infamous call for "maximum feasible participation" in the War on Poverty. Later, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 introduced the use of publicly critiqued environmental-impact statements for federal programs."


Source: More Than the Vote, Stuart Comstock-Gay and Joe Goldman, Being a citizen should involve active participation in the governance process. American Prospect, December 12, 2008, http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=more_than_the_vote




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