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    • Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society
    • Goals
      Your thoughts and feelings on government social welfare programs
      Name several programs that still exist
      How was Johnson able to pass these laws
      Why the momentum of Great Society slowed
      Is it possible for similar sweeping legislation today?
    • Review Quiz….
    • Agree/Disagree
      Poverty is an important concern in the United States.
      Some people are poor due to unfortunate circumstances.
      Poverty is caused by laziness.
      There are people within 15 minutes of our school that need assistance in some form.
    • Agree/Disagree
      When people are poor, the government should provide assistance.
      For people whose needs are NOT met by government assistance, it is the responsibility of citizens to provide a safety net of services.
      It is the responsibility of the government to provide monetary assistance for the elderly.
    • Agree/Disagree
      It is the responsibility of the government to provide monetary assistance for the elderly.
      It is the responsibility of the government to provide assistance for people to go to elementary school and high school.
      It is the responsibility of the government to provide assistance for people to go to college.
    • Reflect in your Notebook
      Have you ever thought about how you feel about these issues before?
      What was it like having to actually show everyone in class where you stand on these issues?
      Were you surprised by the class response to any of the questions? Why/Why Not?
    • New Frontier vs. Great Society
      Homework
    • Lyndon Johnson
    • Political Influences
      Grew up during FDR’s New Deal
      Became a Democratic Representative and Senator
      Chosen as Vice-Presidential running mate for JFK
    • Becoming President
      JFK Assassinated
      Kept his Cabinet
      War on Poverty
      Job Corps – work training for youth
      VISTA – Peace Corp for U.S.
    • Election of 1964
      Ran against Republican Barry Goldwater
      Goldwater was termed an extremist
      “We are equal in the eyes of God, but we are equal in no other respect” – B.G.
      Government programs are similar to Communism – B.G.
    • Johnson wins 61% of the vote – biggest election landslide of the century
      Democrats also strengthened majority in Congress
      Election of 1964
    • Decline of the Great Society
      1965 and 1966 were the peak of the Great Society
      Congress passed 181 of 200 major bills that the president requested
      Congress and Americans began to grow concerned over rapid reforms.
      Midterm elections
    • Lasting Reforms
      Medicare and Medicaid
      PBS and NPR
      Truth in Lending Act
    • Today
      Could we experience a period of change like this today?
      Review Goals