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The paper reveals that while President Johnson received his fair share of criticisms from detractors during and following his presidency, he managed to leave a legacy of contributions to the country that still have an impact today. The paper provides a review of the literature concerning President Johnson's personal and political background, his election campaigns, what policies he implemented, as well as his contributions and legacy.
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From the Paper:"Given his personal background, many observers might be surprised at just how enlightened Johnson was concerning the need for improved civil rights in the United States even during the early 20th century before it became politically popular. For example, Johnson was the first child of Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr., and Rebekah and was born on August 27, 1908 at Stonewall, Texas (President Lyndon B. Johnson's Biography, 2009). A mediocre student, Johnson dropped out of high school in Johnson City, Texas (named for his forbears) when he was 15 years old and in 1924, Johnson traveled to California for fun and adventure with friends. After a year of working at a series of odd jobs, Johnson returned to Johnson City in 1925 where he performed manual labor on road construction (President Lyndon B. Johnson's Biography 2009). When he was 18 years old, Johnson enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers College at San Marcos, Texas where he supplemented his tuition needs by working as an office helper and janitor in the college. Following a one-year stint as principal of a Mexican-American school in Cotulla, Texas, Johnson returned to college at San Marcos and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1930 and the next couple of years were spent teaching high school in Pearsall and then Houston, Texas (President Lyndon B. Johnson's Biography 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
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President Lyndon Baines Johnson (2012, May 30) Retrieved January 26, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/president-lyndon-baines-johnson-151219/
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