Graph of the Day for January 18, 2010

"This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won."  President Lyndon Baines Johnson, March 1964.

"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty."  Martin Luther King, 1967.

Source:  US Census Bureau.

Hoven's Index for January 18, 2010

Year LBJ announced the War on Poverty:  1964.

Year of Civil Rights Act:  1964.

Year of Executive Order enforcing affirmative action:  1965.

Year of Philadelphia Order (enforcing fair hiring in construction):  1969.

Year of Adarand decision (narrowing use of affirmative action):  1995.

Source:  InfoPlease.

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