Lyndon B Johnson Great Society Essay

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The President and His Early Years Lyndon Baines Johnson was a true Texan. His humble beginnings shaped him to be a champion for the poor and a vehicle for social reform during the 1960’s. Johnson was born on August 27th, 1908 to Sam and Rebekah Baines Johnson. He was the oldest of five children. His mother was quiet and reserved while his father was a talker and a man of action. He served five terms in the Texas legislature from the age of twenty-seven until he became a farmer, a change that proved to be unsuccessful; LBJ’s father piled up enormous debts, lost the family farm, and plunged the family into a financial crisis This experience affected Johnson throughout his own life and heavily influenced his domestic policy towards improving the lot of the poor. As a boy, Johnson performed poorly in school and was denied admission to college. After a short time of doing odd jobs, he was accepted into Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1927, where he dropped out and…show more content…
Johnson’s domestic policy can be summed up by two words, “Great Society”. The “Great Society” was a set of domestic policies enacted by Johnson that held to the ideals of the Democratic Party and were passed unopposed due to a Democratic majority in both the House and Senate. The main programs/issues that were addressed under Johnson’s “Great Society” were civil rights, poverty, healthcare, and the environment. The “Great Society” was able to translate demands of the civil rights movement into law. Four civil rights acts were passed: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbade job discrimination and segregation of public accommodations, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensured minority registration and voting by suspending the use of literacy/voter-qualification tests and poll taxes, the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965, which ended national-origin limits in immigration, and the Civil Rights act of 1968, which prohibited housing discrimination based on

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