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Picking up the Pieces LBJ had to help the country heal and move on He was a career politician, beginning in the House in 1937 and by 1955 he was Senate.

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1 Picking up the Pieces LBJ had to help the country heal and move on He was a career politician, beginning in the House in 1937 and by 1955 he was Senate Majority Leader With the “sympathy” vote on his side, LBJ gets JFK’s tax cuts and civil rights laws through Congress

2 The 1964 Elelction With JFK’s assassination still fresh in peoples minds, LBJ’s legislative success, and Goldwater’s hard line stance on everything, the democrats easily win the 1964 election 3k&feature=related 3k&feature=related Y&feature=relmfu Y&feature=relmfu

3 The Great Society LBJ’s grand vision to better America had three goals: End racial injustices End poverty Create a higher standard of living for all Americans Education was going to be the key to his program This will lead to reforms in cities, poverty, environment, consumer advocacy, and discrimination

4 The Great Society in Action War on Poverty: forty programs that were intended to eliminate poverty by improving living conditions and enabling people to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty. Education: sixty separate bills that provided for new and better-equipped classrooms, minority scholarships, and low-interest student loans. Medicare & Medicaid: guaranteed health care to every American over sixty- five. The Environment: introduced measures to reclaim our heritage of clean air and water. National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities: created with the philosophy that artists, performers, and writers were a priceless part of our heritage and deserve support. Job Corps: provided enabling skills for young men and women. Head Start: program for four- and five-year-old children from disadvantaged families that gave them a chance to start school on an even basis with other youngsters. Best known Great Society programs: – HUD and DOT – Medical Care Act – PBS – Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 24 th Amendment – Voting Rights Act – Elementary and Secondary Education Act – Clean Air Act

5 The Warren Court Reflects the wave of liberal reform of the GS Areas addressed: Civil rights Censorship Free speech Apportionment Rights of accused criminals

6 Baker v Carr Ordered states to redraw voting districts to reflect population changes

7 Mapp v. Ohio 1961 Exclusionary rule Any illegally seized evidence cannot be used in court There have been numerous decisions in the past 50+ years defining legal/illegal searches

8 Gideon v. Wainright 1963 State must provide accused criminal with a lawyer if they cannot afford their own

9 Escobedo v. Illinois 1964 Accused criminals must have lawyer present during police questioning

10 Miranda v Arizona 1966 Accused must be made aware of their rights before police questioning

11 Looking back at The Great Society LBJ did expand power of President and Fed. Govt. Did raise awareness of new and old problems in US Tax cuts helped stimulate economy Deficit spending spiked the national debt Conservative backlash will arise in the 1970s Gains made in Civil Rights, education, and health care LBJ’s grand vision of The Great Society will be shot down over the rice patties of Vietnam


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