lbj_s+wars - Lyndon Johnsons Two Wars Lyndon Baines Johson...

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Lyndon Johnson’s Two Wars Lyndon Baines Johson South Texas Populist New Dealer Old-Fashioned Politician Master of the Legislative Process Paternalist Johnson in Vietnam 0. Committed to Fulfilling Kennedy’s Commitments 1. Determined Not to Lose Vietnam to Communism 2. Viewed His Honor and the Nation’s As at Stake
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Contradictions in Johnson’s Vietnam Policy 3. LBJ’s Election-year Pledge: U.S. Soldiers Will Not Fight Vietnam’s War 4. 8/64 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Gave Congressional Approval to Any U.S. Action Against North Vietnamese “Aggression” 5. Resolution Required the U.S. to Use Every Means to Defend South Vietnam Johnson’s 1964 Landslide Democrats Enjoyed Unprecedented Margins in House and Senate The Power of Southern Democrats to Impede Liberal Legislation Greatly Diminished Johnson’s Opportunity to Fulfill Promise of the New Deal & Civil Rights Movement Remove Race as a Barrier to the American Dream
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Johnson’s Narrow Window of Opportunity Did Not Believe that the Democrats’ Large Majority Would Extend Beyond 1966 First Act: 1965 Voting Rights Act LBJ Introduced the Act With “We Shall Overcome Speech” to
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