Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism: A Brief Biography with Documents / Edition 2

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Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism provides a brief yet comprehensive treatment of the major events of Johnson's career but with a central focus on his role as the emblematic figure in the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism. The author includes 15 documents - Johnson's own speeches as well as assessments of the president and his programs by contemporaries and later scholars - that give readers the opportunity to examine LBJ's career firsthand and to evaluate its impact. The book also contains photographs and cartoons from the period, an LBJ chronology, a bibliography, and an index.
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"This short, well-paced, well-told story of LBJ and liberalism amazes and impresses me. My students loved learning from it; I loved teaching from it."—Gil Troy, McGill University
"This account is the best brief introduction to one of this nation's most enduringly fascinating and enigmatic presidents. Schulman, in a fair, careful, and insightful manner, grapples with Lyndon Johnson's earthy folksiness, grandiose dreams, and tragic miscalculations. This is an excellent textbook."—Carlos Blanton, Texas A&M University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403971531
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: The Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE J. SCHULMAN is professor of history and American studies at Boston University. He is the author of The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics (2001), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South, 1938-1980 (1991). A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Jose Mercury News and numerous other publications, Professor Schulman has held research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and the Marjorie Kovler Fund of the Blum-Kovler Foundation. In 2004, the Organization of American Historians named him to its Distinguished Lectureship program. Schulman is currently at work on a volume for the Oxford History of the United States series covering the years 1896-1929.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism 1
1 "The Perfect Roosevelt Man": Young Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1948 5
2 Democratic Leader: Senator Johnson, 1948-1960 34
3 "Let Us Continue": LBJ and the Kennedy Legacy, 1960-1964 57
4 The Great Society 81
5 Shall We Overcome? LBJ and the Civil Rights Revolution 104
6 "That Bitch of a War": LBJ and Vietnam 125
7 Dumping Johnson: The Decline and Fall of American Liberalism 155
Pt. 2 The Documents 167
8 Perspectives on the Great Society 169
1 "Let Us Continue": LBJ's First Speech as President 169
Address before a Joint Session of the Congress, November 27, 1963 169
2 Launching the Great Society 173
Remarks at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964 174
3 A Poverty Warrior Defends the Great Society 177
How Great Was the Great Society? 178
4 A Historian Critiques the Great Society 185
From The Great Society: A Twenty-Year Critique 185
5 Poverty: The Statistical Record, 1960-1990 189
Census Bureau Table: Persons Below Poverty Level 190
9 Racial Conflict and the Civil Rights Revolution 192
6 "We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Speech 192
The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress, March 15, 1965 193
7 A New Militance in Black America 198
"We Must Be in a Position of Power": Address before the CORE National Convention, July 1, 1965 199
8 From Civil Rights to Affirmative Action 200
"To Fulfill These Rights": Address at Howard University, June 4, 1965 201
9 War at Home and Abroad: Martin Luther King, Jr., Opposes the Vietnam War 208
"Beyond Vietnam": Speech at Riverside Church Meeting, April 4, 1967 208
10 Vietnam 213
10 LBJ Outlines His War Aims 213
"Peace Without Conquest": Address at Johns Hopkins University, April 7, 1965 213
11 The Decision to Escalate - 1965 220
From A Very Human President, July 1965 221
12 We Can Win in Vietnam: Hawks Criticize LBJ's Strategy 226
"What Is the President Waiting for?" June 28, 1966 226
13 The Student Left Opposes LBJ 228
"The Incredible War": Speech at the Washington Antiwar March, April 17, 1965 229
11 The End of Liberalism 233
14 LBJ Insists on Guns and Butter 233
Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 12, 1966 234
15 The Liberal Coalition Breaks Up 235
The Forgotten American, August 1969 235
An LBJ Chronology (1908-1975) 247
Suggestions for Further Reading 253
Index 259
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