Lyndon B Johnson In The 1960s

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The Presidency of Lyndon B Johnson 1963-1969 Two hours after the assassination of President Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson was sworn in as the thirty-sixth President of the United States. The nation gave a great deal of support to the new President, following the tragedy of Kennedy’s death. Johnson kept on all of Kennedy’s cabinet and appointee’s, some stayed with Johnson throughout his full terms. Johnson finished out Kennedy’s term and then ran in the 1964 presidential election against republican Barry Goldwater. During his campaign, Johnson claimed he would not be expanding America’s role in Vietnam. He said, “It ought to be fought by the boys of Asia to help protect their own land.” Johnson pledged moderation. He won the election of 1964…show more content…
During his administration the country had racial problems that were far from being solved, total unrest in the black communities, violent riots in our cities, a war that was being fought 120,000 miles away, that most Americans did not even understand, anti-war movements on College campuses, anti-war movements within the military, hippies against establishments, drugs on the streets, and mistrust of government. We learned that in the 1950s, citizens were afraid to speak up; in the 1960s everyone had an opinion and was not afraid to stand up to the government. In 1964 there was a sea battle between North Vietnam torpedo troops and the USS Maddox in the Tonkin Gulf, and a second battle allegedly between two US destroyers and the North Vietnam torpedo troops. The Tonkin Gulf Resolution gave the President the right to escalate and begin open warfare between the US and North Vietnam. Johnson promised moderation in regards to Viet Nam, Seventy percent of Americans supported him at this time. They felt we had to strike back because we were attacked, yet some still felt it was not our war, and objected to sending our American boys to…show more content…
At this time the country had so many domestic issues to be solved. The anti-war movements are beginning at the colleges; twenty thousand protesters went to Washington that year, carrying signs saying; GET OUT OF SAIGON AND INTO SELMA. FREEDOM NOW IN VIETNAM.WAR ON POVERTY NOT ON PEOPLE. These protests were held in spring of 1965, in July the President is increasing the military to 125,000 soldiers. The country is still supporting him, but most are not really paying
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