Widely considered the moment when the world came closest to nuclear powered

Widely considered the moment when the world came

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Widely considered the moment when the world came closest to nuclear-powered World War IIIoVietnam Kennedy inherits US support of non-communist South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem Sends aid and advice Kennedy sends military advisers, including Special Forces About 16,000 troops in late 1963: “non-combat” advisory roles oAssassination of Kennedy 22 November 1963 in Dallas Kennedy left more promise than legacy Johnson Becomes President oLyndon Johnson very different in background and personality Self-made wealth, state school graduate Never an eloquent speaker, little personal charisma A long-time legislator Knew how to get things through Congress oLBJ shared many of Kennedy’s views Liberals sense of limitless possibility for the US Activist government “Growth” economics oRe-elected in 1964 by a landslideHigher percentage of popular vote than FDR ever achieved The “Great society”oAim to enhance the quality of life for all Americans
oDeclared “War on Poverty”Implements a wide variety of legislations to eradicate poverty Employment programs Expands food stamps Improved housing to eradicate or ameliorate slums Est. Department of Housing and Urban Development Better education, better healthcare 13% less people lived below the poverty line over course of his presidency oPrograms expand size, cost, power, and intrusiveness of the federal government oBetter life for all, not just poor Medicare and Medicaid est. 1965Federally insured student loans Consumer protection National traffic and motor vehicle safety Act, 1966 oSets first federal safety standards for automobiles First major federal aid to elementary and secondary schools National endowment for the Arts Fund artists, dance companies, musicians, and theatres National endowment for the Humanities Fund scholars and research Public Broadcasting Act, 1967Est. non-profit corporation to support educational and cultural programs PBS funds shows like sesame street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood oEnvironment Clean Air Act, 19631965 amendments to act set first emission standards for automobiles 1965 and 1966 acts for water quality and cleanliness Wilderness Act, 1964 Preserve wildlife areas from developmentWinning Civil Rights o“Freedom Summer” of 1964 Campaign to register black voters in Deep South 3 activists murdered in June, 3 more killed over rest of summer Homes & churches burned Workers arrested, beaten, sometimes shot at oJuly 1964, Johnson prods Congress into adopting the Civil Rights Act Outlaws segregation and discrimination in theaters, schools, restaurants, and other public places Set up the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Stop discrimination in hiring and promotion
By 1972, about half of black students attend integrated schools oSelma, 1965State troopers and local police used tear gas, cattle prods, and clubs on peaceful marchers

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