By Conner Mann
The Election of Johnson
- LBJ was sworn in as President on Air Force One after President Kennedy was assassinated.
- LBJ went against Republican Barry Goldwater in the Election of 1964.
- The 3 major issues of the Election of 1964 were federal income tax, Social Security System, and the Civil Rights Legislation.
- LBJ defeated Goldwater 486 to 52 electoral votes in the Election of 1964.
Tonkin Gulf Resolution and Vietnam War
- Antiwar demonstrations increased significantly and more US soldiers died
- The Tonkin Gulf Resolution gave LBJ direct authorization, without congressional approval, for use of military force in southeast Asia.
- By 1968 the Vietnam War had become the longest and most costly war in American history
- President Johnson failed to provide incentive and motivations for war.
- In 1967, Johnson ordered the CIA to spy on domestic antiwar activists.
- The Tet Offensive ended in a military defeat for the Viet Cong, but it caused the American public to demand an immediate end to the war.
- In 1968 Johnson announced he would not be running for reelection
Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act
- Civil Rights Act of 1964: legislation that outlawed racial segregation in public. The bill was broadened to include women and whites, which therefore helped to give unalienable rights to move people.
- Voters Rights Act 1965: Outlawed discriminatory voting practices in the US. Specifically, voters did not have to take a literary test.