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LBJ and the Great Society

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Lyndon Baines Johnson - The Great Society

Born out of initiatives that developed in Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and expanded in Pres. Harry S. Truman's administration and then in Pres. John F. Kennedy's New Frontier, the Great Society encompassed President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty"












Background Who is LBJ




 In the Election of  1964 Johnson is challenged by conservative Republican Barry Goldwater for president, but wins in a landslide. LBJ platform of "The Great Society"  was a sweeping set of New Deal-type economic and welfare measures aimed to transform  America.  Public sentiment aroused by Michael Harrington’s The Other America (1962) which showed 20% of US population and over 40% of blacks lived in poverty.  Compelling description of impoverished areas of America. Played a role in persuading President Johnson to make the war on poverty the centerpiece of his Great Society






Michael Harrington - Poverty: Hopeful or Hopeless" - Part 1



Silent Spring




Primary Goals of the Great Society (The War on Poverty

#1 Use the federal government to enhance social welfare

#2 Use educaton and job training to help disadvantaged people overcome the cycle of poverty that has been limiting their opportunities







Analysis of Great Society Programs





REVIEW: New Deal Notes


Final thoughts on the role of government in American's lives









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