In this insightful book, Robert Bauman observes that Los Angeles was not like Appalachia or Alabama. Competition between African Americans and Mexican Americans shaped the War on Poverty in southern California. Moreover, anti-poverty activism in Los Angeles coincided with, and was influenced by, the emergence of the militant Black Power and Chicano movements. Bauman follows Orleck’s lead in expanding the chronological scope of his study, arguing that historians need to look beyond the 1960s to understand the “long War on Poverty.” Indeed, many anti-poverty agencies have continued to serve their communities for the past four decades.
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