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Smithsonian National Museum of American History National Youth Summit (Telecast)

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In 1962, author Michael Harrington, in his book The Other America, estimated that about one fourth of the population of the United States was living in poverty.  In January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson proposed “an all-out war on human poverty,” pledging “the most Federal support in history for education, for health, for retraining the unemployed, and for helping the economically and the physically handicapped.”  Many of the programs that the War on Poverty created--including Headstart, Medicare and Medicaid--are familiar to us today.  But are they working, fifty years later?  Did we “win” the War on Poverty? What does poverty look like today? Do we need another War on Poverty? And what can young people do about the issue? We’ll discuss these questions with experts and students at the 2015 National Youth Summit.