Download e-book for kindle: A Companion to Lyndon B. Johnson by Mitchell B. Lerner

By Mitchell B. Lerner

This better half bargains an outline of Lyndon B. Johnson's existence, presidency, and legacy, in addition to an in depth examine the valuable arguments and scholarly debates from his time period in workplace.

  • Explores the legacy of Johnson and the ancient importance of his years as president
  • Covers the total variety of issues, from the social and civil rights reforms of the nice Society to the elevated American involvement in Vietnam
  • Incorporates the dramatic new proof that has come to gentle in the course of the free up of round 8,000 mobile conversations and conferences that Johnson secretly recorded as President
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    When Johnson succeeded to the presidency following John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Senator Douglas was in despair. It astonished him, therefore, when his old adversary became the impassioned advocate of the same issues over which they had once fought. Johnson not only promoted Kennedy’s civil rights bill but made it stronger, and then applied his legislative influence and tactical savvy to break the Southern filibuster and enact the bill into law. In 1965, he followed with the Voting Rights Act, striking at the core of Southern resistance to racial equality.

    It was not lost on Johnson that Russell’s leadership of the Southern bloc made him a power in the Senate but undermined his presidential bid in 1952 by limiting his appeal outside of the South. To rise to power and get things done in the Senate, Johnson needed Russell, but Johnson also aspired to lead the nation, and did not want to be pegged as a regional politician. Other useful biographies of the Southern caucus include J. Harvie Wilkinson, Harry Byrd and the Changing Face of Virginia Politics, 1945–1966 (1968); Thomas A.

    Bartley, Numan V. (1995). The New South, 1945–1980. Louisiana State University Press. Black, Earl and Black, Merle (1987). Politics and Society in the South. Harvard University Press. Black, Earl and Black, Merle (1992). The Vital South. Harvard University Press. Branch, Taylor (1998). Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963–1965. Simon and Schuster. Caro, Robert (1982). The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Path to Power. Vintage. Caro, Robert (1990). The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent.

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