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In This Affluent Society
(America's War on Poverty series)

VHS
60 minutes
HC110 .P63 I531 1995

In the early 1960s, hundreds of Kentucky coal miners, displaced by automation, strike out at their former employers, bombing mines to shut down production. Millions of others displaced by machines across Appalachia and the rural South head north to begin a new life in Chicago, where they face overcrowded tenements and schools, and the familiar inequities of segregation. This program recounts these stories of desperation and hope and explores the origins of the federal government's war on poverty and how attitudes toward race, and faith in the accessibility of the American dream, shape the battle plans for the nation's greatest effort to reduce poverty.

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