Lyndon B. Johnson

By Karl Bailey

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The Rise of Johnson

Assassination of Kennedy

  • John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Lyndon B. Johnson sworn in while being flown to Washington D.C.
  • Johnson retained many policies of Kennedy
  • Johnson kept many people chosen by Kennedy

Election of 1964

Lyndon B. Johnson

Party - Democratic

Running Mate - Hubert Humphrey

Popular Vote - 43,129,566

Electoral Vote - 486

Barry Goldwater

Party - Republican

Running Mate - William E. Miller

Popular Vote - 27,178,188

Electoral Vote - 52

The Great Society

Johnson's Great Society

  • Great Society - name for Johnson's domestic program
  • Encompassed economic and welfare reforms
  • Resulted in Medicare, Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Supported by recent increase of Democrats in Congress

The 24th Amendment

The 24th Amendment

  • 24th Amendment abolished poll taxes in federal elections
  • Poll taxes had been protests before
  • Served to allow poor to vote
  • Allowed many impoverished blacks in the south to vote

Tonkin Gulf Resolution & Vietnam War

Tonkin Gulf Resolution

  • Tonkin Gulf Resolution gave Johnson capability to use military force in Vietnam without declaring war
  • Prompted by attack on US Destroyer (shown) in Gulf of Tonkin

Vietnam War

  • After attack on USAF base Johnson orders bombings of North Vietnam
  • Known as "Operation Rolling Thunder"
  • War became increasingly unpopular back in America

Civil Rights

Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned racial discrimination in privately owned public businesses
  • Facilitated creation of EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
  • EEOC served to remove racial discrimination in hiring
  • Act also enforce gender equality

Voting Rights Act

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed literacy tests and sent federal voting registers into the south
  • Led to violence in civil rights movements such as the Watts riots (shown)


The Year of 1968

  • Johnson refused to run in 1968
  • 1968 Democratic Convention met with protests and riots outside
  • Assassination of MLK caused turmoil
  • Riots occurred in many cities