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Lyndon B. Johnson
Growing Up in Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in 1908 in Stonewall, Texas. Stonewall was a very poverty stricken place. – a lack of money Johnson’s father was a representative in the Texas legislature. – A member of a state or national legislature. Lyndon enjoyed listening to his father talk about politics.
Growing Up in Texas Johnson taught school in Cotulla, Texas. – The school had little money for books, teachers, sports, or other activities. Johnson was really passionate about fixing and helping people in poverty. He helped his students by buying them sports equipment.
Representing Texas In the 1930’s America went through a hard time. Johnson wanted to help America. 1931: Johnson was asked to work for a member of Congress from Texas. – Johnson went to Washington, D.C. 1935: Johnson knew what the people needed. Johnson went back to Texas but, promised to come back to Washington, D.C.
Representing Texas 1937: Johnson ran for the United States House of Representatives. – Representative is a member of a state or national legislature. Johnson was elected by his district. – The part of the state represented by a member of the House of Representatives. He was the youngest member of congress.
Representing Texas Johnson cared a lot about schools. Johnson voted for more money for schools. – He also voted to build roads and bring electricity to small towns. 1948: Johnson was elected to the state Senate (senator) – A member of the United States Senate
Segregation Johnson thought one of the biggest problems was segregation. Johnson tried to fight segregation with Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall. – He used his skills at persuading people to get civil rights law passed.
The White House 1960 Johnson became Vice – President. The president was John F. Kennedy. 1962 President Kennedy was assonated. – When something happens to the President, the Vice President becomes president. – Johnson became President. Johnson concentrated first on civil rights. The Congress finally passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Johnson’s diligence helped to end segregation. – the act of hard work and attention to a given subject.
The Great Society 1964 Johnson was elected President again. He continued to work on his Great Society Plan. – New laws were suggested to improve education, the environment, and medical care. – Biggest part of the plan was to help people who did not have much. He really wanted to give more opportunity to African Americans because of unfair treatment.
The Great Society Cont. In some places African Americans had to take and pass a test so they could vote. – The tests were meant to prevent African Americans to vote. President Johnson wanted to protect voting rights for African Americans. – He asked Congress to pass a Voting Rights Act. This law made tests and unfair practices illegal. On August 6,1965 the law was passed.
The Great Society Cont. Johnson knew how important voting was. He wanted to make sure that everyone was given the right to vote. Johnson wanted people to practice tolerance of others, even if they didn't’t agree with other people. – Respect for others’ values and beliefs Johnson really cared for the poor. He wanted to end poverty.
The Great Society Cont. Johnson created preschool programs. The Vietnam was began at the end of Johnson Presidency. – This was a war being fought in Southeast Asia.
Remembering Johnson Johnson moved back to Texas when he was no longer President. In Austin, Texas there is a library you can go to learn about Johnson. – Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Many important places are named after President Johnson. Johnson chose Thurgood Marshall to be judge on the Supreme Court.
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