Historian: 'New Careers' Program Created Jobs, But Perpetuated Inequality
In the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson initiated “The Great Society” campaign, a set of domestic programs with the goal of eliminating poverty and racial injustice.
Some are still around today, like Head Start, the early childhood education program for lower income families.
One of the lesser known programs was called “New Careers,” and it’s an area of special interest for Claire Dunning. She’s a historian and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.
While New Careers created more than a quarter million jobs, Dunning says it also perpetuated inequality.