The Great Society (also known as the War on Poverty; poverty emerged victorious) 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. It was also reputed to have destroyed the Black family unit.
- Everything you need to know about the war on poverty. Washington Post (January 8, 2014).
- Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed, New York: Basic Books, 1996.