Starvation Politics: Hunger, Race, and Activism in 1960s–1970s America

Lecture Description

Beginning in 1967 with the “discovery of hunger” in the Mississippi Delta by a committee of U.S. senators, the shocking existence of hunger and malnutrition within the so-called “affluent society” became one of the key targets of antipoverty activism and legislation of the era. This conflict attracted more public attention than nearly any other aspect of the War on Poverty, yet it has been nearly invisible in historical accounts of this period. This lecture also highlights the significance of this conflict for shaping ideologies of race in the post-civil rights era. Other themes can include gender and the mass media.


Social Movements Social Welfare and Public Assistance

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