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Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas, on August 27th, 1908. He was a Representative for Texas from 1937 to 1949, Senator for Texas from 1949 to 1961, Vice President from 1961 to 1963, and the thirty-sixth president from 1963 to 1969. He first became president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Johnson continued Kennedy’s work with the civil rights issues at the time and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He was against segregation and wanted to help those in poverty rise up.
1964 was also the year for the next presidential election. Johnson won and wanted to execute his “Great Society” program. It was “aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, a wide-scale fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime and delinquency, removal of obstacles to the right to vote”. Johnson also continued the research into space exploration. A couple of months after he would leave the office, two men (a third in the space shuttle) would be the first to step on the moon.
While in office, he dealt with the rising counter-culture of anti-war sentiment and other movements lead by the youth of America. He attempted peace talks with North Vietnam but did not live to see the success of them. He died on January 22, 1973, on his ranch in Texas.
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