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President Johnson Compares the War on Poverty to the Abolition of Slavery

In this brief excerpt from a call the day after his victory in the 1964 presidential election, Lyndon Johnson outlines his agenda to Pennsylvania Senator Joseph S. Clark. In a moment of particularly sweeping ambition, the president compares his poverty program to the abolition of slavery.

Date:  Nov 05, 1964
Participants:  Lyndon Johnson, Joseph S. Clark
Conversation Number:  WH6411.07-6216

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