Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism A Brief Biography with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312416334

ISBN-13: 9780312416331

Edition: 2nd 2007

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Whether admired or reviled, Lyndon B. Johnson and his tumultuous administration embodied the principles and contradictions of his era. Taking advantage of newly released evidence, this second edition incorporates a selection of fresh documents, including transcripts of Johnson's phone conversations and conservative reactions to his leadership, to examine the issues and controversies that grew out of Johnson's presidency and have renewed importance today. The voices of Johnson, his aides, his opponents, and his interpreters address the topics of affirmative action, the United States' role in world affairs, civil rights, Vietnam, the Great Society, and the fate of liberal reform. Additional photographs of Johnson in action complement Bruce J. Schulman's rich biographical narrative, and a chronology, an updated bibliographical essay, and new questions for consideration provide pedagogical support.
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List price: $20.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Bruce Schulman is Professor of History at Boston University.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism
"The Perfect Roosevelt Man": Young Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1948
From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill
The New Deal
The Best Congressman a District Ever Had
Money and Politics, Texas-Sized
Democratic Leader: Senator Johnson, 1948-1960
Shifting Right: Cold War Liberalism
"E = LBJ": The Senate Leader
Becoming a National Figure: The Leader and the Issues
"Let Us Continue": LBJ and the Kennedy Legacy, 1960-1964
The Vice President
Years of Frustration: JFK and the Liberal Agenda
"Let Us Continue": The Transition
President in His Own Right
The Great Society
Johnsonian Liberalism
Chief Legislator
The Not-So-Great Society: Implementing LBJ's Program
Assessing the Great Society
Shall We Overcome? LBJ and the Civil Rights Revolution
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Fire in the Streets
A New and Bewildering Stage: Toward Affirmative Action
LBJ and Civil Rights
"That Bitch of a War": LBJ and Vietnam
"A Fat, Juicy Worm": The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1963 137 Americanizing the War, 1963-1965
"Lyndon Johnson's War"
The Credibility Gap and the Home Front
"No More Vietnams"
Dumping Johnson: The Decline and Fall of American Liberalism
Guns, Butter, and Stagflation
The End of the Johnson Era
The Documents
"Let Us Continue": Johnson Assumes the Presidency
The Kennedy Legacy: LBJ's First Speech as President
Address before a Joint Session of the Congress, November 27, 1963
The Warren Commission: Johnson Applies "The Treatment" to Senator Russell
Phone Conversation, November 29, 1963, 8:55 p.m.
Shaping the Debate: LBJ Persuades Washington Post Publisher Katherine Graham
Phone Conversation, December 2, 1963, 11:10 a.m.
Perspectives on the Great Society
Launching the Great Society
Remarks at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964
"A Time for Choosing": A Conservative Criticizes Johnsonian Liberalism
Address on Behalf of Senator Goldwater, October 27,
A Poverty Warrior Defends the Great Society
How Great Was the Great Society? 1986
A Conservative Thinker Assails the Great Society
From Wealth and Poverty, 1981
Poverty: The Statistical Record
Persons below Poverty Level and below 125 Percent of Poverty Level: 1959-2002
Racial Conflict and the Civil Rights Revolution
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Speech
The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress, March 15, 1965
A New Militance in Black America
"We Must Be in a Position of Power": Address before the CORE National Convention, July 1, 1965
From Civil Rights to Affirmative Action
"To Fulfill These Rights": Commencement Address at Howard University, June 4, 1965
War at Home and Abroad: Martin Luther King Jr. Opposes the Vietnam War
"Beyond Vietnam": Speech at Riverside Church Meeting, April 4, 1967
LBJ Outlines His War Aims
Peace without Conquest: Address at Johns Hopkins University, April 7, 1965
Johnson Agonizes over Vietnam
Phone Conversation, May 27, 1964, 10:55 a.m.
The Decision to Escalate: 1965
From A Very Human President, July 1965
We Can Win in Vietnam: Hawks Criticize LBJ's Strategy
What Is the President Waiting For? June 28, 1966
The Student Left Opposes LBJ
"The Incredible War": Speech at the Washington Antiwar March, April 17, 1965
The Establishment Bows Out: Walter Cronkite Calls the War a Stalemate
Mired in Stalemate, February 27, 1968
The End of Liberalism
LBJ Insists on Guns and Butter
Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 12, 1966
The Liberal Coalition Breaks Up
Speech at Madison Square Garden, October 24, 1968
An LBJ Chronology (1908-1975)
Questions for Consideration
Suggestions for Further Reading
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