JOHNSON

1963

AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF KENNEDY

  • after the assassination of President Kennedy, vice president Lyndon B. Johnson took his place
  • fought for the Civil Rights Bill
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964, banned racial discrimination in most private facilities open to the public, including theaters, hospitals, and restaurants
  • strengthen the federal government's power and to end segregation in schools and public places
  • created the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to eliminate discrimination in hiring
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VIETNAM WAR

  • Viet Cong suddenly attacked south Vietnam
  • the American public wanted the war to end
  • American military leaders responded with a plan of 200,000 American troops
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ELECTION OF 1968

  • Democrats nominated Eugene McCarthy
  • campaign antiwar
  • Johnson responded with a promise of bringing back troops; (North Vietnam were now willing to negotiate)
  • Senator McCarthy's vice president, Robert Kennedy, was assassinated by a pro-Israel view man
  • The democratic party split, and in result Richard Nixon won the election
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