Johnson

How Johnson became President

  • Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, TX
  • sworn in on a waiting airplane

Election of 1964

  • November 3, 1964
  • Democratic
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Barry Goldwater
  • Johnson: 61.1% Goldwater: 38.5%

The Great Society

  • Johnson's political agenda or platform, aimed to transform American life
  • main points include:
  • aid to education
  • medical care for poor and elderly
  • immigration reform
  • voting rights bill

24th Amendment

  • ratified January 1964
  • "Freedom Summer" of 1964
  • abolished poll tax in federal elections

Tonkin Gulf Resolution and Vietnam War

  • lawmakers virtually gave up their war-declaring power and handed the president a blank check to use further force in Southeast Asia
  • Operation Rolling Thunder
  • Tet Offensive

Johnson's Civil Rights

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

1968-A "watershed" year

  • Robert Kennedy
  • Black Power
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tet Offensive
  • Vietnam War
  • Apollo 8