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Nicole Curtis 4/15/10 APUS: LBJ DBQ Essay President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration passed several legislations and supported many programs that attempted to repair the numerous political, economic, and social problems of the United States during the 1960s. His administration responded to most of the problems effectively, but with the issue of civil rights, for example, they didn’t always fix the problems to the best of their ability. But most importantly was his attack on the “war on poverty.” Acts, like the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, assisted citizens of the US through attacking the “war on poverty” and creating opportunities for the children of the future. …show more content…
Specifically, he aided in with the health care concern for United States citizens (doc. A). Medicare and Medicaid were created which provided federal aid to the elderly and poor for medic al expenses. Also the Economic Opportunity Act improved and increased the number of educational programs, gave money to the youth through Job Corps, and gave volunteers to troubled communities to provide educational and social services (doc. B). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Model Cities Program also were formed during Johnson’s presidency. The Model Cities Program redeveloped the urban city. This attempted to improve the conditions for the poor who lived in the city. Prior to Johnson’s aid, many people felt “…sick of ‘poor’ people demonstrations…” (doc. G). So, Johnson’s main goal was to improve the poverty problem in the US which he did successfully. Between 1960 and 1970, the percentage of non-whites that fell below poverty level decreased from 53.3% to 32.0% (doc. H). Also the percentage of whites that fell below the poverty line decreased from 18.1% to 9.9% during the 60s. Clearly, his programs were effective. Socially, blacks had many problems regarding their human and civil rights. They continued to fight for them throughout the 60s. Johnson supported this and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This piece of legislation

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