The Economic Opportunity Act, 1964 (excerpt)
Public Law 88-452
To mobilize the human and financial resources
of the Nation to combat poverty in the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That this Act may be cited as
the "Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF PURPOSE
SEC. 2. Although the economic well-being and
prosperity of the United States have progressed to a level surpassing any achieved in
world history, and although these benefits are widely shared throughout the
Nation, poverty continues to be the lot of a substantial number of our people.
can achieve its full economic and social potential as a nation only if every
individual has the opportunity to contribute to the full extent of his
capabilities and to participate in the workings of our society. It is,
therefore, the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of
plenty in this Nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and
training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and
dignity. It is the purpose of this Act to strengthen, supplement, and
coordinate efforts in furtherance of that policy.
Source: United States Statutes at Large, volume 78. Washington D.C.:
States Government Printing Office, 1965. 508-516.
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