From Poverty Warrior To Crime Fighter

As a young aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s, Peter B. Edelman transformed the shame of America's hidden poor into searing images that captured the nation's attention. Hearings he organized showed that amid the country's plenty, there were black children in Mississippi with bloated bellies, whites barely surviving in Appalachia, and desperate inhabitants of inner-city ghettoes. Partly as a result, the Johnson Administration launched its sweeping War on Poverty.

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