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Unformatted text preview: Decades of Change - 1960-1980 The Rise of cultural and ethnic pluralism LYNDON JOHNSON AND THE GREAT SOCIETY Lyndon Johnson, a Texan who was majority leader in the Senate before becoming Kennedy's vice president, was a masterful politician. He had been schooled in Congress, where he developed an extraordinary ability to get things done. He excelled at pleading, cajoling, or threatening as necessary to achieve his ends. His liberal idealism was probably deeper than Kennedys. As president, he wanted to use his power aggressively to eliminate poverty and spread the benefits of prosperity to all. Johnson took office determined to secure the passage of Kennedys legislative agenda. His immediate priorities were his predecessors bills to reduce taxes and guarantee civil rights. Using his skills of persuasion and calling on the legislators' respect for the slain rights....
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This note was uploaded on 12/22/2011 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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