Lyndon B. Johnson And American Liberalism Essay

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Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism gives an account of President Johnson’s political career and connects it to the larger liberal movement in America. Bruce Schulman said that Johnson’s career “offers an unparalleled opportunity for investigating U.S politics and public policy from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. To study LBJ is to survey his times, for Johnson was a historical lightning rod, a huge presence that attracted and absorbed the great forces of his era.” The main point of this book seems to that Johnson was the biggest champion and representative of liberalism; therefore, he is crucial for understanding it. Most Americans seemed to have accepted liberalism and the welfare state, however, people still argued exactly how much government should be involved in domestic and foreign affairs. In the election of 1964, Johnson defeated his extremely conservative opponent Barry Goldwater with 61.1 percent of the popular vote (the biggest landslide in presidential election history) which meant he had the largest mandate ever. On May 22, 1964 Johnson gave a commencement speech at the University of Michigan in which he outlined his Great Society plan. The three major areas Johnson wanted to improve were cities, the countryside, and education; he proposed creating not just economic prosperity but a better quality of life. Johnson admitted that there were already programs directed at those issues but did not believe they were doing enough , and obviously many Americans…

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