The Presidency of Lyndon Johnson
This paper examines the life and political career of Lyndon B. Johnson, whose presidency fundamentally changed American politics forever.
# 68219 | 1,478 words | 6 sources | APA | 2006 |
Published on Aug 09, 2006 in History (U.S. Presidency) , Political Science (Election and Campaigns) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present) , Public Administration (General)
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This paper analyzes Lyndon Johnson's unique path to power and the presidency. The writer of this paper details the highlights in Johnson's personal life as well as his political career. Johnson was born on August 27, 1908 in Stonewall, Texas and established himself in politics from an early age, by becoming secretary in 1931 to Congressman Richard M. Kleberg. The writer of this paper delves into Johnson's lengthy political career up until and including the events that led to his presidency upon John F. Kennedy's assassination. This paper details several events in Johnson's career which changed the face of politics forever, including his 1964 groundbreaking civil rights legislation. The writer contends that in spite of all the progress Johnson made in the area of civil rights, his legacy will be forever overshadowed by the Vietnam War. This paper examines the events that led Johnson's decisions regarding the Vietnam conflict which resulted in thousands of American deaths. This paper also delves into Johnson's actions which prompted legislation that placed limits on the power of the presidency.
From the Paper:"In spite of all the progress Johnson made in the area of civil rights, his legacy will be forever overshadowed by Vietnam. Less than three weeks after the Republican National Convention of 1964, the United States Navy was attacked by patrol boats belonging to North Vietnam, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Johnson, not wanting to appear weak on defense, felt he had little choice but to respond forcibly. The result was a consistent escalation of the war from 1964 through 1968, which resulted in thousands of American deaths. Johnson was afraid that too much focus on Vietnam would distract attention from his Great Society programs, so the levels of military escalation, while significant, were never enough to make any real headway in the war."
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