Lyndon B. Johnson

Shane Trovalli

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Sworn into office.

Air Force One.

After the assassination of president John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Johnson (who was the Vice President at the time) was sworn into office in Air Force One.

The Election of 1964.



Ran Against:

Barry Goldwater

Vote Breakdown:

Electoral college:

Johnson: 486

Goldwater: 52

States carried:

Johnson: 44

Goldwater: 6

Popular Vote:

Johnson: 43,127,041

Goldwater: 27,175,754

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The Great Society.

What was the great society?

The Great Society was a set of programs that promoted social reforms and called for the elimination of poverty and racial injustice.

  • Many policies were like the New Deal.
  • "The Other America" by Michael Harrington helped the public understand and support this.
  • Created a billion dollar war on poverty.
  • Stopped Job Discrimination against women.
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The Twenty Fourth Amendment.

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What was it?

This amendment assisted in the desegregation of american society. It:
  • Got Rid of the Tax to vote.
  • Was thought to have helped desegregate the south.

During "Freedom Summer" Whites and blacks came together to vote, but several people were killed and arrested due to turmoil.

Vietnam and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution

The Viet Cong attacked a U.S. air base in southern Vietnam. In response to this, Johnson ordered "Operation Rolling Thunder", A large bombing raid on north Vietnam. The north met our bombings and increased their own tactics and supply. "Cointelpro" was an FBI project made to sabotage peace groups. North Vietnam asked for peace talks before Johnson was to break out in a total war.

Johnson's Civil Rights.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964- banned discrimination in places such as hospitals and restaurants.

Voting Rights Act of 1965- Prohibits discrimination in voting, by outlawing literacy tests and attempted to get all blacks to sign up for the vote.

1968- The Watershed Year.

January: Johnson launches the Tet offensive.

America begins to withdraw.

In April, Civil Rights Protester Martin Luther King Junior is assassinated.

Rioting in response to King's death.

The civil rights act is passed.

June: Robert Kennedy is assassinated.

August: Nixon is declared as the republican candidate.

Johnson stops bombings.

Nixon wins presidency, South Vietnam agrees to peace talks.