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Lyndon B. Johnson and American liberalism : a brief biography with documents
Schulman, Bruce J.

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Boston : Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, c1995.
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xiv, 269 p. : ill. 22 cm.
The Bedford series in history and culture
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The Bedford series in history and culture


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Whether admired or reviled, Lyndon B. Johnson and his tumultuous administration embodied the principles and contradictions of his era. Taking advantage of newly released evidence, this revised, second edition incorporates a selection of fresh documents, including transcripts of Johnson' s phone conversations and conservative reactions to his leadership, to examine the issues and controversies that grew out of Johnson's presidency and have renewed importance today.

Table of Contents

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson and Richard RussellLyndon B. Johnson and Katherine GrahamLyndon B. JohnsonRonald ReaganJoseph A. Califano Jr.George GilderU.S. Census BureauLyndon B. JohnsonJames FarmerLyndon B. JohnsonMartin Luther King Jr.Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson and Richard RussellJack ValentiJames BurnhamPaul PotterWalter CronkiteLyndon B. JohnsonGeorge C. Wallace
Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
List of Illustrationsp. xvii
Part 1 Introduction: Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalismp. 1
1 "The Perfect Roosevelt Man": Young Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1948p. 5
From the Hill Country to Capitol Hillp. 6
The New Dealp. 12
The Best Congressman a District Ever Hadp. 21
Money and Politics, Texas-Sizedp. 24
2 Democratic Leader: Senator Johnson, 1948-1960p. 36
Shifting Right: Cold War Liberalismp. 38
"E = LBJ": The Senate Leaderp. 44
Becoming a National Figure: The Leader and the Issuesp. 49
3 "Let Us Continue": LBJ and the Kennedy Legacy, 1960-1964p. 60
The Vice Presidentp. 62
Years of Frustration: JFK and the Liberal Agendap. 65
"Let Us Continue": The Transitionp. 69
President in His Own Rightp. 78
4 The Great Societyp. 87
Johnsonian Liberalismp. 88
Chief Legislatorp. 92
The Not-So-Great Society: Implementing LBJ's Programp. 100
Assessing the Great Societyp. 105
5 Shall We Overcome? LBJ and the Civil Rights Revolutionp. 111
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Act of 1965p. 114
Fire in the Streetsp. 118
A New and Bewildering Stage: Toward Affirmative Actionp. 121
LBJ and Civil Rightsp. 129
6 "That Bitch of a War": LBJ and Vietnamp. 133
"A Fat, Juicy Worm": The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1963 137 Americanizing the War, 1963-1965p. 142
"Lyndon Johnson's War"p. 148
The Credibility Gap and the Home Frontp. 152
"No More Vietnams"p. 161
7 Dumping Johnson: The Decline and Fall of American Liberalismp. 167
Guns, Butter, and Stagflationp. 168
The End of the Johnson Erap. 171
Part 2 The Documentsp. 179
"Let Us Continue": Johnson Assumes the Presidency
The Kennedy Legacy: LBJ's First Speech as Presidentp. 181
1 Address before a Joint Session of the Congress, November 27, 1963p. 181
The Warren Commission: Johnson Applies "The Treatment" to Senator Russellp. 185
2 Phone Conversation, November 29, 1963, 8:55 p.m.p. 186
Shaping the Debate: LBJ Persuades Washington Post Publisher Katherine Grahamp. 188
3 Phone Conversation, December 2, 1963, 11:10 a.m.p. 189
Perspectives on the Great Society
Launching the Great Societyp. 191
4 Remarks at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964p. 192
"A Time for Choosing": A Conservative Criticizes Johnsonian Liberalismp. 196
5 Address on Behalf of Senator Goldwater, October 27,p. 1964
A Poverty Warrior Defends the Great Societyp. 198
6 How Great Was the Great Society? 1986p. 199
A Conservative Thinker Assails the Great Societyp. 207
7 From Wealth and Poverty, 1981p. 207
Poverty: The Statistical Recordp. 210
8 Persons below Poverty Level and below 125 Percent of Poverty Level: 1959-2002p. 211
Racial Conflict and the Civil Rights Revolution
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Speechp. 214
9 The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress, March 15, 1965p. 215
A New Militance in Black Americap. 220
10 "We Must Be in a Position of Power": Address before the CORE National Convention, July 1, 1965p. 221
From Civil Rights to Affirmative Actionp. 223
11 "To Fulfill These Rights": Commencement Address at Howard University, June 4, 1965p. 223
War at Home and Abroad: Martin Luther King Jr. Opposes the Vietnam Warp. 230
12 "Beyond Vietnam": Speech at Riverside Church Meeting, April 4, 1967p. 231
LBJ Outlines His War Aimsp. 236
13 Peace without Conquest: Address at Johns Hopkins University, April 7, 1965p. 236
Johnson Agonizes over Vietnamp. 243
14 Phone Conversation, May 27, 1964, 10:55 a.m.p. 244
The Decision to Escalate: 1965p. 249
15 From A Very Human President, July 1965p. 250
We Can Win in Vietnam: Hawks Criticize LBJ's Strategyp. 255
16 What Is the President Waiting For? June 28, 1966p. 256
The Student Left Opposes LBJp. 258
17 "The Incredible War": Speech at the Washington Antiwar March, April 17, 1965p. 259
The Establishment Bows Out: Walter Cronkite Calls the War a Stalematep. 263
18 Mired in Stalemate, February 27, 1968p. 263
The End of Liberalism
LBJ Insists on Guns and Butterp. 265
19 Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 12, 1966p. 266
The Liberal Coalition Breaks Upp. 267
20 Speech at Madison Square Garden, October 24, 1968p. 267
An LBJ Chronology (1908-1975)p. 273
Questions for Considerationp. 278
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 280
Indexp. 289