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Lyndon B. Johnson: The “Great Society” Civil Rights President

Without President Johnson there would be no Medicare or Medicaid.  There would be no Head Start program for toddlers and no Work Study program for college kids.  PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would not exist, and neither would the Federal 911 Emergency System.  There would be no Clear Air Act, no Freedom of Information Act, no National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.  And African Americans would not be fully enfranchised citizens with the (enforceable) right to vote without the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  All these heroic accomplishments make up just a partial list of Johnson’s incredible and noble achievements, which were all part of his vision for creating the Great Society.  Read more.


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