1964 State of the Union Address

In his first State of the Union address, Lyndon Baines Johnson introduced legislation that would come to be known as the <a href="http://youtu.be/5jRzSFfsT_s">"War on Poverty."</a>  This legislation was proposed by Johnson in response to a national poverty rate around nineteen percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The speech set the stage for programs like Medicare, Medicaid, work study and food stamps.  <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Uni">Watch the entire 1964 address here.</a>

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In his first State of the Union address, Lyndon Baines Johnson introduced legislation that would come to be known as the "War on Poverty." This legislation was proposed by Johnson in response to a national poverty rate around nineteen percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The speech set the stage for programs like Medicare, Medicaid, work study and food stamps. Watch the entire 1964 address here.

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