Suggested Readings  

Cazenave, Noel A. Impossible Democracy: The Unlikely Success of the War on Poverty Community Action Programs. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press, 2007.

Gillette, Michael L. Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.

Goldstein, Alyosha. Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action During the American Century. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Greenberg, Polly. The Devil Has Slippery Shoes: A Biased Biography of the Child Development Group of Mississippi, A Story of Maximum Feasible Parent Participation. Washington, D.C.: Youth Policy Institute, 1990.

Harrington, Michael. The Other America. New York: Macmillan, 1970.

Liston, Robert A. Sargent Shriver: A Candid Portrait. New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1964.

Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. Maximum Feasible Misunderstanding: Community Action in the War on Poverty. New York: Free Press, 1972.

Orleck, Annelise, and Lisa Gayle Hazirjian. War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Morone, James A. The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.

Naples, Nancy A. Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work, and the War on Poverty. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2014.

Schryer, Stephen. Maximum Feasible Participation: American Literature and the War on Poverty. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020.

Shesol, Jeff. Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud That Defined a Decade. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998.

Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington: Smithsonian Books, 2004.

Stricker, Frank. Why America Lost the War on Poverty – And How to Win It. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Zarefsky, David. “President Johnson’s War on Poverty: The Rhetoric of Three ‘Establishment’ Movements.” Communication Monographs 44 (1977): 352-373.

Zarefsky, David. President Johnson’s War on Poverty: Rhetoric and History. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2005.

Audio-Visual Materials

PBS, American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver, produced by Bruce Orenstein. 83 minutes. Chicago Video Project, 2006.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Miller Center, The LBJ Telephone Tapes: Inside the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

PBS, “LBJ on the Economy: War on Poverty.” American Experience, October 31, 2011.

JFK Library. “Remembering Sargent Shriver.”

Peace Corps. “Sargent Shriver Speaks in New York about the Role of Peace Corps—1965.”

Special Olympics. “Sargent Shriver Biography—A Pioneer with Special Olympics.”

Online Resources

Bach, Wendy A. Mobilization and Poverty Law: Searching for Participatory Democracy Amid the Ashes of the War on Poverty. UTK Law Faculty Publications, 226, 2012.

Boteach, Melissa, et al. “The War on Poverty: Then and Now.” Center for American Progress, 2014.

McKee, Guian A. “Lyndon B. Johnson and the War on Poverty.” Rotunda, n.d.,

Shriver Peace Institute,