Fifty Years of Night

November 15, 2013

See an interactive map of U.S. county poverty rates 1960-2010

The federal government has spent billions of dollars on public assistance since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his War on Poverty in 1964. Counties where more than one in three residents are poor have all but disappeared, though a few high-poverty clusters remain in places like Eastern Kentucky, the Mississippi Delta and the Texas-Mexico border.

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