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Running Head: Great Society Programs of the 1960s Tierney Backus SS211: The 1960s-Reshaping the American Dream Unit 8 Assignment March 26, 2019
Running Head: Great Society Programs of the 1960s The 1960s was known as a time of great achievement in societal, political and culture reform. Throughout this course we have discussed all of these themes in great length which has provided a better understanding of our governmental structure and the views of the 1960s American. During Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency “ the great society” underwent policy, initiatives and legislation changes that have greatly influenced the modern day United States. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and that same day was succeeded by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. He completed Kennedy’s term as president after the assassination and was than reelected for his own term in 1964 (). President Johnson’s presidency was best known for his working relationship with the legislation. Opening a line of communication that allowed him to establish social and political reform which in turn allowed for economic growth, policy change concerning infrastructure and environmental change. This was an achievement because all of this positive reform was accomplished following the death of a beloved president and America’s involvement in an unfavorable war. President Johnson first used the term “great society” while delivering a speech at the University of Michigan. The purpose of the speech was to explain and advocate the need for more social services in the United States (History.com, 2017). These words enlightened the American people which gave them a desired for change in social services. Johnson’s desire to create programs that would benefit those in need and give them the same advantages as the upper class provided hope for minorities and those living in poverty. His speech gave the American people a reason to dream of a brighter future in the midst of trying times.
Running Head: Great Society Programs of the 1960s Before his assassination President Kennedy put into motion many of the ideas Johnson spoke about in his speech. Those topics were associated with ending poverty, reduction in crime, abolishing inequalities found in society and in education, as well as improving the environment (WEAL, 2005). Johnson’s goal was to forward those

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