The Poor People's Campaign 1968

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The Poor People's Campaign 1968: Demand 1
1. A federal budget of $430 billion a year to combat poverty
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The Poor People's Campaign 1968: Demand 2
2. A government commitment to full employment
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The Poor People's Campaign 1968: Demand 3
Government initiatives to build 500,000 new houses a year
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1948: Truman proposed a Civil Rights Bill
But he knew southern congressmen would reject it
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1957 & 1960: Eisenhower's Civil Rights Acts
Gave the federal government power to intervene to ensure southern blacks could vote but neither had much effect; the 1957 Act gave local officials who stopped blacks voting the right to trial by a local (all-white) jury, excusing them
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1964: LBJ's Civil Rights Act
Explicitly banned racial discrimination and segregation and gave the Attorney General effective powers to force local authorities to comply with this
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1965: LBJ's Voting Rights Act
Removed restrictions on black voter registration e.g. literacy tests (Attorney General was again the key figure to implement the Act)
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1968: LBJ's Civil Rights Act (also known as the Fair Housing Act)
Banned discrimination in the rent or sale of accommodation; but local authorities, estate agents etc. were able to get round it by "steering" blacks into certain areas without admitting they were doing so
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2. A government commitment to full employment

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The Poor People's Campaign 1968: Demand 2

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Government initiatives to build 500,000 new houses a year

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But he knew southern congressmen would reject it

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Gave the federal government power to intervene to ensure southern blacks could vote but neither had much effect; the 1957 Act gave local officials who stopped blacks voting the right to trial by a local (all-white) jury, excusing them

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