Essay about President Lyndon B. Johnson

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In early March of 1965, civil rights voting marches in Selma, Alabama went from a silent protests to violent assaults and beating by police officials. The goal of the march was to focus on allowing voting registration for blacks in the South because whites were preventing the rights of the American people by creating impossible tests for minorities to take in order to vote. After a week passed on March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke out in response to the Selma-to-Alabama March. His purpose was to unite the American people in the task to get equal voting rights for all races-- according to the Constitution. He is addressing his ideas to Congress, but he intends to convince the citizens of America to unite in a cause for equality. The tone of the speech immediate and nationalistic which stays consistent throughout the speech.
President Johnson exhibited that he was a civil rights activist throughout his presidency despite his Southern roots. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which allowed for a turning point into a new era in America. Johnson thought America needed a “respite from the divisions” of races, so he did not plan to move forward with voting rights until 1966 (Kaye 86). However, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Johnson had to take action sooner for the sake of hundreds of lives. The protesters were on the path to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, to declare their claims, and they all needed…

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