Lyndon Johnson In The Oval Office Case Study
Johnson became the 36th president of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and he finishes his term. Johnson was known for being the very powerful senator from Dallas, Texas. He spent twelve years in the House of Representative, twelve in the Senate, and three years as vice-president (Bornet, P. 45). During his presidency, he had two mandates which is continuing the legacy of John F. Kennedy and to get endorsed with votes.
To continue the legacy of John F. Kennedy, Johnson introduced the Great Society. The Great Society argued that it is the power of the federal government to alleviate poverty, end racial injustice, and improve the lives of all Americans. The Great Society stimulated Medicare, Medicaid, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The second mandate came late in 1964 through the electoral process (Bornet, P. …show more content…
The passage of the Civil Rights Acts was motivated by the assassination of John F. Kennedy. “The support for strengthening the Civil Rights Act grew from 38 percent in 1963 to 57 percent in 1964” (Mann, P. 117).Ultimately, Johnson wanted to continue Kennedy’s legacies by impending his programs such as the Economic Opportunity Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pauley). Furthermore, to ensure that the Civil Rights bill pass, Johnson had Senator Hubert Humphrey to move the bill in the Senate (Brown-Collier, P. 261). Moreover, Johnson gave public speeches and rallied African Americans to promote the Civil Rights Act. On June 11, 1964 the Civil Rights Act was passed with 73-27 votes in the Senate (Thurber, P. 244). In the House of Representative the bill passed with 289-126 votes (Thurber, P. 244). Lastly, Johnson signed the bill in order for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to be