The Great Society was a set of domestic programs proposed or enacted in the United States on the ini

The Great Society was a set of domestic programs proposed or enacted in the United States on the ini

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The Great Society was a set of domestic programs proposed or enacted in the United States on the initiative of President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ). Two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice. New major spending programs that addressed education, medical care, urban problems, and transportation were launched during this period. The Great Society in scope and sweep resembled the New Deal domestic agenda of Franklin D. Roosevelt but differed sharply in types of programs enacted. Some Great Society proposals were stalled initiatives from John F. Kennedy 's New Frontier .Johnson's success depended on his persuasive skills, coupled with the Democratic landslide in 1964 that brought in many new liberals. Anti-war Democrats complained that spending on the Vietnam War choked off the Great Society. While some of the programs have been eliminated or have had their funding reduced, many of them, including Medicare , Medicaid , and federal education funding, continue to the present. [ edit ] Civil rights Historian Alan Brinkley has suggested that the most important domestic achievement of the Great Society may have been its success in translating some of the demands of the civil rights movement into law. [3] Four civil rights acts were passed, including three laws in the first two years of Johnson's presidency. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade job discrimination and the segregation of public accommodations. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 assured minority registration and voting. It suspended use of literacy or other voter-qualification tests that had sometimes served to keep African-Americans
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2011 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor Jimms during the Spring '10 term at Texas A&M.

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