Great Society

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The Great Society (also known as the War on Poverty) is a set of programs instituted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and its associated legislation passed by Congress in an effort to combat poverty. It was criticized extensively by conservatives because it expanded the welfare system and increased citizen dependency on the government.

Michael Harrington is credited with inspiring the War on Poverty with his 1962 book "The Other America".[1]


  1. Everything you need to know about the war on poverty. Washington Post (January 8, 2014).

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