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  • 1. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society
  • 2. 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?
  • 3. Review Quiz….
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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?
  • 8. New Frontier vs. Great Society
    Homework
  • 9. Lyndon Johnson
  • 10. Political Influences
    Grew up during FDR’s New Deal
    Became a Democratic Representative and Senator
    Chosen as Vice-Presidential running mate for JFK
  • 11. Becoming President
    JFK Assassinated
    Kept his Cabinet
    War on Poverty
    Job Corps – work training for youth
    VISTA – Peace Corp for U.S.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. Johnson wins 61% of the vote – biggest election landslide of the century
    Democrats also strengthened majority in Congress
    Election of 1964
  • 14.
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Lasting Reforms
    Medicare and Medicaid
    PBS and NPR
    Truth in Lending Act
  • 17. Today
    Could we experience a period of change like this today?
    Review Goals

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