Essay The Welfare Society Of The 1960s

1156 Words Sep 11th, 2015 5 Pages
The expansive welfare society of the 1960s was mainly as a results of Johnson’s initiatives of 1965-1967, referred as the Golden Society (GML 977). According to GML the initiatives provided health services to the poor and elderly, direct food aid to the poor (food stamps), increased government spending in education and urban development. Johnson also set up new cabinet offices and agencies like Housing and Urban Development and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission respectively (GML 977). Such measures greatly increased federal government involvement in the people’s social welfare and nation’s economy. Additionally, the sixties was an era radical changes in the nation’s state of affairs. The Civil Rights movement succeeded in banning segregation through the Civil Rights Acts of 1964. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 resulted in regaining of black southerner’s suffrage (GML 976). Both milestones achieved after protests which often turned violent. Moreover, immigration reforms eradicated the legal basis for second class citizenship and in 1965, the Hart-Celler Act abandoned the national-origins quota system of immigration, which had excluded Asians and severely restricted southern and eastern Europeans (GML 976). The 1960s also represented an era where the socio-economic challenges facing minority groups where addressed in an effort to promote economic equality. According to GML, Johnson’s mission for economic liberty were the most extensive measures in the nation’s history to…

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