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King and the Other AmericaThe Poor People's Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality$
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Sylvie Laurent

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288560

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288560.001.0001

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An “American Commune”

An “American Commune”

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King and the Other America

Sylvie Laurent

University of California Press

This chapter specifically scrutinizes the underpinnings of the campaign’s public policies proposals. Other initiatives, notably Randolph’s “Freedom Budget” or National Urban League’s “Marshall Plan for the Negro” will contrast King’s thoughts on economic justice. It also reflects on the legacy of Roosevelt’s call for an “Economic Bill of Rights” that envisioned constitutional rights to economic security. Beyond Roosevelt, King was echoing major social scientists of his time and proved influenced by their work. This chapter will notably look at the works of socialist and Christian activist Michael Harrington, of prominent economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

Keywords:   Economic Bill of Rights, New Deal, Marshall Plan, Freedom from want

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