Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 served as the initial step in the war on poverty aspect of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society program. The objective was to help the poor by enabling them to pull themselves from the grip of poverty. An additional aim was to improve the role of the federal government in the improvement of education.

Purpose Against The Economic Opportunity Act.

This plan was intended to prepare more of our citizens for successfully competing in an expanding economy. President Johnson reflected the belief in an opportunity based approach to the poverty problem in America. Poverty victims should have a chance for a better future through improved skills, better training, and hard work. In the midst of the civil rights movement, this law focused on the more traditional idea of equipping people for the task and helping them to overcome conditions of poverty through their own initiative. The growing challenge to this idea was the alternative view of a guaranteed income for all, allowing people to work if they chose and to keep the earnings.The Economic Opportunity Act was borne of worthy motives. At the top, it was staffed by capable leadership.