Lyndon Baines Johnson finished the term of office begun by President John F. Kennedy. Then he was elected as President of the United States and served for additional term of his own. He did not run for the second term that he was eligible to do so because the Vietnam War was so unpopular.
Johnson is known for designing the “Great Society” statute. This legislation included “civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the arts, urban and rural development, public services, and his `War on Poverty’. Assisted in part by a growing economy, the War on Poverty helped millions of Americans rise above the poverty line during Johnson’s presidency. Civil rights bills signed by Johnson banned racial discrimination in public facilities, interstate commerce, the workplace, and housing; and the Voting Rights Act banned certain requirements in southern states used to disenfranchise African Americans. With the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the country’s immigration system was reformed and all racial origin quotas were removed (replaced by national origin quotas).”
What was Johnson motivation in designing this legislation? Could the following statement carry his true message? "I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years." He is reported to have made this statement in a private conversation with two governors on Air Force One.
Post a Comment