The summer of 1964 in Mississippi was Freedom Summer, a huge campaign to register black Americans to vote. Among the students and teachers who traveled to Mississippi for the movement were doctors and nurses and medical students. While they moved around the state, patching up civil rights workers, they saw a poverty they could never have imagined. People were hungry, starving to death from malnutrition, particularly in the Mississippi Delta.
Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of The Edible South, talks about the history of hunger and malnutrition in the American South.
In 1964, President Johnson, along with Ladybird, toured the isolated hills of Kentucky to generate support for his recently proposed War on Poverty.