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Johnson’s Presidency. Johnson was elected in a landslide in ’64. He inherited Vietnam from Kennedy. Asked for and got the Gulf of Tonkin Res. His agenda was called the Great Society. The Big Four. These are the legislative achievements of Johnson’s. Aid to education – straight to students

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Johnson s presidency
Johnson’s Presidency

  • Johnson was elected in a landslide in ’64.

  • He inherited Vietnam from Kennedy.

  • Asked for and got the Gulf of Tonkin Res.

  • His agenda was called the Great Society.


The big four
The Big Four

  • These are the legislative achievements of Johnson’s.

  • Aid to education – straight to students

  • Medicare and Medicaid – entitlements

  • Immigration – eased quotas – family

  • Voting Rights Act – death to Jim Crow


Racial tensions explode
Racial Tensions Explode

  • Dr. King had competition as the civil rights activists now had a choice.

  • They could choose between using civil disobedience or violence.

  • Many chose violence as “black power” became a symbol for equality.

  • The Nation of Islam was a catalyst.


Black power
Black Power

  • Malcolm X – Little, was the big voice.

  • Advocated violence as a means to change.

  • Incited riots in inner cities.

  • Killed in ’65 before able to atone.


Death of a king
Death of a King

  • As the Civil Rights Movement became more violent, strong leaders were needed.

  • MLK was gunned down in ’68 in Memphis.

  • More riots occurred in cities all across the country.

  • A strong, activist voice for peace and equality was silenced.


Vietnam escalates
Vietnam Escalates

  • Although Johnson inherited Vietnam, he enlarged our involvement.

  • Tet Offensive in ’68 rocked America as our troop numbers grew.

  • Peace didn’t seem like an option – only win or lose.

  • Anti-war sentiment was at an all-time high.


Johnson to nixon
Johnson to Nixon

  • Johnson announced he would not seek another term.

  • Bobby Kennedy was the front runner for the Democrats – anti-war candidate.

  • He was assassinated after winning the California primary.

  • Nixon defeated Humphrey in election of ‘68


Counter culture
Counter-Culture

  • Nixon inherited Vietnam, a wounded nation, racial crisis, and hippies.

  • Much of the counter-culture centered on

  • Anti-War

  • Anti-authority

  • Drug culture

  • Free love


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