Lyndon B. Johnson

Nikhil Kesarla

How Johnson becomes president

Kennedy is assassinated in 1963 by Harvey Oswald in Dallas. Johnson then assumes presidency. He becomes the President afterwards and delivers an address to the nation after his arrival in Washington DC.

Election of 1964

  • Democratic Johnson runs against Republican Barry Goldwater
  • Was a landslide victory for Johnson- wins 486-52
  • A major issue during the election was civil rights

The Great Society

Johnson's main policies:

  • Wanted to achieve domestic reform
  • Passed the Economic Opportunity Act
  • Passed two Civil rights acts between 1964-1965
  • Introduced Medicare, Medicaid
  • Established Operation Head Start
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24th Amendment

  • It eliminated poll taxes- Mainly to ease the burden on African Americans
  • US citizens were able to vote in primaries

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

  • Was a joint resolution that the US Congress passed on August 7, 1964
  • Americans troops were sent to eradicate Communism in North Vietnam
  • Increased US involvement in foreign affairs
  • Funds for the war increased to over seven hundred million
  • Many college students protested US involvement in the war
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Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act

Civil Rights Act of 1964:

  • Was passed by Congress in 1964
  • Ended racial segregation in public
  • Restricted employment discrimination based on race

Voting Rights Act:

  • Was passed by Congress in 1965
  • Stopped racial discrimination during voting
  • Was successful in bringing voting privileges
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Watershed Year

The year was 1968, it was very significant to history for a multitude of reasons:

  • Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated
  • Vietnam protests escalate
  • Washington DC racial tensions escalate
  • Women wanted all equal rights with men
  • Robert Kennedy was assassinated
  • Tet offensive
  • Rise of pop and Elvis Presley- One of the most famous singers of all time
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