#86 Johnson and the Great Society ch 24

Last Update: April 3, 2017

OK PASS Objectives

By 1964

1.  Growing discontent with the government at home and abroad. 
        "Era of Discontent"

Watch President Johnson 7min video


   2.  Johnson attempted to solve the nation's domestic problems through legislation he declared a "War on Poverty" (which means more government)

   3.  Dispatched military to the conflict in Vietnam.

Content Standard 6:

The student will analyze the foreign and domestic policies of the United States since World War II.


2. Describe events which changed domestic and foreign policies during the Cold War and its aftermath.

LBJ  -  Lyndon Baines Johnson

    Great Society  Johnson's social programs, it became the largest public welfare program since the New Deal

   1.  Two goals : improve education and eradicate poverty

Watch Women in the Workplace 9.5 min video :

Civil Rights Movement continues:  it attempted to give more rights to blacks and end segregation.

Watch Civil Rights Marches 5 min video

Watch Long Overdue Apology 2 min video

  1.  Civil Rights Act - prohibited racial discrimination in public schools

    2.  24th Amendment  eliminated poll taxes


    3.  Robert Weaver first black cabinet officer

Watch Voting Rights Act Challenge 2 min video

A. Describe de jure and de facto segregation policies, attempts at desegregation and integration, and the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on society (e.g., Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the Montgomery Bus Boycott,



the lunch counter sit-ins in Oklahoma City and elsewhere, the Freedom Rides,

Higher Education Act of 1965  gave federal grants for the construction of college buildings and student loans
Elementary and Secondary Education Act gave money to local public schools

Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 inaugurated programs for the "War on Poverty"

   Medicare Act of 1965 gave medical care for the elderly

   Appalachian Development Act raise the standard of living in the Appalachian Mts.

   Two new Cabinet - level offices

Housing and Urban Development and Dept of Transportation

integration of Little Rock Central High School, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965).

The Warren Court  they pursued a policy of "judicial activism", interpreting the law and the Constitution broadly in order to address what judges perceive a major social problems

1954 Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights in public schools,

Gideon v. Wainwright, provided an attorney to defendents,

Miranda v. Arizona, read criminals rights,

Engel v. Vitale, banned prayer in public schools,

Roth v. United States, courts redefined obscenity laws,

1973 Roe v. Wade made abortion legal



Evaluating the Great Society

1.  on the whole a failure

2. individual programs did alleviate poverty, discrimination, and helped civil rights

3.  but poverty, inequality, and unrest remained

4.  Great Society (and the Vietnam War) created a huge debt


Photo Credits:

Johnson: http://www.roddriver.com/Johnson.jpg

War Protester http://www.1960s.org/images/essay5b.gif


Education: http://www.education.duq.edu/gfx/imgBanner.jpg

Medicare: http://www.classbrain.com/artteenst/uploads/medicare.jpg

March to Washington: http://photos1.Civil%20Rights%20March.jpg

Poll Tax: http://www.pbs.org/elections/timeline/le/03-pbs-timeline-images/1964.jpg

Weaver: http://www.planning.org/pathways/images/weaver.jpg

Marshall: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/buildings/brvbord2.jpg

Malcolm X: http://commons.wikimedia.org/upload/thumb/d/de/300px-Malcolm-x.jpg

MLK: img.infoplease.com/ images/home

Third World: http://genertries/departments/mm/1998/spring/wayoutofdebt2.jpg

Warren Court: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51H2F1FWT8L._SL500_.jpg

Great Society: http://mises.org/images4/GreatSocietyComicBook.jpg