60 Moments: LBJ Declares War on Poverty

By: Mike Huff Email
By: Mike Huff Email

President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Martin County, Kentucky to declare what he called a war on poverty.

He did it from Tom Fletcher's front porch and the images for that visit became a lingering symbol of hard times in Appalachia. It made Martin County a popular background for politicians touting their plans for improving the area's economy -- most recently presidential hopeful John McCain.

Things have improved since President Johnson's visit in 1964, but the region still lags behind the rest of the nation as a new generation looks to the future.

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