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[LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto #A6665-7a]

50th Anniversary

Nurse Training Act

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Nurse Training Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, on September 4, 1964, the LBJ Presidential Library is offering free admission to all nurses and nursing students (with ID) during the month of September 2014.

In the early 1960s, there was a severe shortage of nurses and the Act created new training and financial aid opportunities for nursing students. More information about the Act and our recognition of nurses and nursing can be found on our social media platforms.

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The Food Stamp Act

August 31 – The Food Stamp Act
546 - Remarks Upon Signing the Food Stamp Act.
August 31, 1964

Economic Opportunity Act

“Our American answer to poverty is not to make the poor more secure in their poverty but to reach down and to help them lift themselves out of the ruts of poverty and move with the large majority along the high road of hope and prosperity.”

Johnson knew the “ruts of poverty” well. He grew up in rural Texas without electricity or running water.  As a teacher at a small Mexican American school he witnessed bigotry and hatred against his students. These experiences fueled his passion to end poverty’s oppression and led to the Economic Opportunity Act, the law that actually initiated the War on Poverty and was directed by Sargent Shriver.

The Economic Opportunity Act was designed to provide education, job training, health and employment counseling, and neighborhood improvements. Programs included Job Corps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Legal Services, Upward Bound, and Head Start.

During the Reagan Administration, many of these anti-poverty programs were consolidated into today’s Community Services Block Grant program.

As the Economic Opportunity Act worked its way through Congress, President Johnson wrote to his congressional assistant, Larry O’Brien, about the importance of the Bill. read more

VIDEO: To learn more about the Economic Opportunity Act, please view "The Great Society" video which was unveiled at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Honor of Lyndon Baines Johnson's 100th Birthday. Through personal stories, the video provides a visual recording of some of the highlights of the Great Society and examines how these programs changed the landscape of this country during a pivotal moment in American history.

Other Landmark Laws Passed in August 1964:
Federal Aid Highway Act
Securities Acts Amendments of 1964
Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming Lands
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Establishment
Administrative Conference Act
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona Establishment