Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism: A Brief Biography with Documents / Edition 1

Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism: A Brief Biography with Documents / Edition 1

by Bruce J. Schulman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312083513

ISBN-13: 9780312083519

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312083519
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
The Bedford Series in History and Culture Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     v
Preface     vii
List of Illustrations     xvii
Introduction: Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism     1
"The Perfect Roosevelt Man": Young Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1948     5
From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill     6
The New Deal     12
The Best Congressman a District Ever Had     21
Money and Politics, Texas-Sized     24
Democratic Leader: Senator Johnson, 1948-1960     36
Shifting Right: Cold War Liberalism     38
"E = LBJ": The Senate Leader     44
Becoming a National Figure: The Leader and the Issues     49
"Let Us Continue": LBJ and the Kennedy Legacy, 1960-1964     60
The Vice President     62
Years of Frustration: JFK and the Liberal Agenda     65
"Let Us Continue": The Transition     69
President in His Own Right     78
The Great Society     87
Johnsonian Liberalism     88
Chief Legislator     92
The Not-So-Great Society: Implementing LBJ's Program     100
Assessing the Great Society     105
Shall We Overcome? LBJ and the Civil Rights Revolution     111
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Act of1965     114
Fire in the Streets     118
A New and Bewildering Stage: Toward Affirmative Action     121
LBJ and Civil Rights     129
"That Bitch of a War": LBJ and Vietnam     133
"A Fat, Juicy Worm": The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1963 137 Americanizing the War, 1963-1965     142
"Lyndon Johnson's War"     148
The Credibility Gap and the Home Front     152
"No More Vietnams"     161
Dumping Johnson: The Decline and Fall of American Liberalism     167
Guns, Butter, and Stagflation     168
The End of the Johnson Era     171
The Documents     179
"Let Us Continue": Johnson Assumes the Presidency
The Kennedy Legacy: LBJ's First Speech as President     181
Address before a Joint Session of the Congress, November 27, 1963     181
The Warren Commission: Johnson Applies "The Treatment" to Senator Russell     185
Phone Conversation, November 29, 1963, 8:55 p.m.     186
Shaping the Debate: LBJ Persuades Washington Post Publisher Katherine Graham     188
Phone Conversation, December 2, 1963, 11:10 a.m.     189
Perspectives on the Great Society
Launching the Great Society     191
Remarks at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964      192
"A Time for Choosing": A Conservative Criticizes Johnsonian Liberalism     196
Address on Behalf of Senator Goldwater, October 27,     1964
A Poverty Warrior Defends the Great Society     198
How Great Was the Great Society? 1986     199
A Conservative Thinker Assails the Great Society     207
From Wealth and Poverty, 1981     207
Poverty: The Statistical Record     210
Persons below Poverty Level and below 125 Percent of Poverty Level: 1959-2002     211
Racial Conflict and the Civil Rights Revolution
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Speech     214
The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress, March 15, 1965     215
A New Militance in Black America     220
"We Must Be in a Position of Power": Address before the CORE National Convention, July 1, 1965     221
From Civil Rights to Affirmative Action     223
"To Fulfill These Rights": Commencement Address at Howard University, June 4, 1965     223
War at Home and Abroad: Martin Luther King Jr. Opposes the Vietnam War     230
"Beyond Vietnam": Speech at Riverside Church Meeting, April 4, 1967     231
Vietnam
LBJ Outlines His War Aims     236
Peace without Conquest: Address at Johns Hopkins University, April 7, 1965      236
Johnson Agonizes over Vietnam     243
Phone Conversation, May 27, 1964, 10:55 a.m.     244
The Decision to Escalate: 1965     249
From A Very Human President, July 1965     250
We Can Win in Vietnam: Hawks Criticize LBJ's Strategy     255
What Is the President Waiting For? June 28, 1966     256
The Student Left Opposes LBJ     258
"The Incredible War": Speech at the Washington Antiwar March, April 17, 1965     259
The Establishment Bows Out: Walter Cronkite Calls the War a Stalemate     263
Mired in Stalemate, February 27, 1968     263
The End of Liberalism
LBJ Insists on Guns and Butter     265
Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 12, 1966     266
The Liberal Coalition Breaks Up     267
Speech at Madison Square Garden, October 24, 1968     267
Appendixes
An LBJ Chronology (1908-1975)     273
Questions for Consideration     278
Suggestions for Further Reading     280
Index     289

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