AJ Hauer 2nd Period
-JFK's running mate in 1960 and was chosen larglesy to help solidify support for the Democratic ticket in the anti Catholic South.
-He assumed Presidency after John F. Kennedys assination in 1963.
-Was responsible for libral programs such as the Great Society, War on Poverty, and civil rights legislation, as well as the escalation of the Vietnam War.
Great Society/24th Amendment
-In 1965, Congress passed the many great society measures, including medicare, civil rights legislation, and federal aid to education.
-24th Amendemnt Poll Tax Abolished.
-Congress had the power to enforce this via legislation.
Tonkin Gulf Resolution and Vietnam War
-Claim was that two US ships had been attacked.
-On Augest 2nd and 4th were allegedly fired upon.
-Johnson called the attack "unprovoked" and moved to make political gains out of the movement.
-He ordered a "limited" retalitory air rade against North Vietnamese bases.
-This gave the president authority to take "all neccessary measures to repel any armed attack against forces of the United States".
Civil Rights Acts/Watershed Year
Voting Rights Act-Banned literacy tests and sent federal voter registers into southern states.
March 31, 1968- President johnson issued an adress to the nation stating that he would freeze American troop levels and gradually shift more responsibility to South Vietnamese.
June 5, 1968- Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by an Arab immigrant resentful of the candidiates pro Israel views.
Election of 1968- Richard Nixon (Republican) is elected president.
Free Speach Movement- Led by Mario Savio it protested on behalf of students rights.
-It spread to colleges throughout the country discussing unpopular faculty tenure decisions, dress codes, dormitory regulations, and apperances by Johnson administration officials.