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Uneven GroundAppalachia since 1945$
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Ronald D Eller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125237

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125237.001.0001

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Developing the Poor

Developing the Poor

(p.90) 3 Developing the Poor
Uneven Ground

Ronald D Eller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the various initiatives designed to help the poor youth to break the “cycle of poverty.” The initiatives combined an assortment of strategies reflecting both the political heritage of the New Deal and the new social science theories of the postwar period. The legislation established the Job Corps, modeled after the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which was designed to provide education and vocational training in rural conservation camps for disadvantaged urban youth. The act also created the Neighborhood Youth Corps to offer community-based training and work experience for young people living at home, and established a work-study program to help low-income college students remain in school. The bill made funds available to the states to set up programs for unemployed fathers of needy children to gain work experience and job training.

Keywords:   poverty, New Deal, social science, postwar period, Job Corps, Civilian Conservation Corps, vocational training, Neighborhood Youth Corps

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