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    Lyndon B. Johnson Typed Letter Signed "Lyndon B. Johnson." One page on White House letterhead, 7" x 10.25", December 4, 1968. A letter to the National Advisory Committee to the Legal Services Program:

    The awards you present today represent more than a deserved recognition of individual effort. They symbolize the value of a program that was long needed, and that is now bringing vital help to poor families throughout our country. To a great many poor Americans, the law has long been an alien force - the ally of unscrupulous men who prey on their weakness and brutalize their rights as citizens. In many communities, law has lost its stabilizing influence, and instead serves to divide the poor and the better-off, the ordinary citizen and awful authority. The result is that feelings of helplessness and frustration are increased - leading to unrest and contributing to violence. The Legal Services Program was created to give the poor the same access to the protection of the law that more fortunate citizens have. It is more than a legal aid program. It is a weapon in our comprehensive attack on the root causes of poverty. The rights we have secured during our two centuries as a democracy must be given meaning for all our citizens - and it is this enormous task that the American bar and the Office of Economic Opportunity have undertaken in the past three years. I commend you for all you have done, and for what you have resolved to do. My congratulations to those whose efforts you are recognizing today.

    The Legal Services Program was established by the Office of Economic Opportunity as part of President Johnson's "war on poverty".

    Condition: Very light toning at edges. Otherwise very good.


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