Evaluate President Johnson’s domestic policy



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  • Civil Rights & Immigration were at the top of his domestic list; however the Vietnam War was at the forefront of his mind.

  • analyze the impact of Great Society legislation and its relationship to the New Deal

  • President Johnson had been a very big supporter of FDR and wanted to go down in history as the president who completed what the New Deal started.

  • He envisioned his "Great Society" as an America where there would be no hunger or massive unemployment. He favored education for all children, starting at the lowest level to help the children of both wealthy and poor parents.

  • They both attacked unemployment, reforming ills in society, and increase in government spending and activity in the everyday life of Americans.

  • compare and contrast violent and nonviolent protest movements

  • Nonviolent: Protestors would have these moments where they weren't doing anything wrong; they wouldn’t be on television getting beat up by their opponents. Basically, nonviolent protest draws attention.

  • Violent: Violent protest draws attention to the fact that you are a menace to society. It made people who didn't care about the problem or who just didn't realize that there was a problem very aware of the issue and they’d offended by protestors behavior. Violent protest leads to more hate and is used as another excuse to hate the protesters. Violent protest is an effort in creating fear and normally leads to more hostility.

  • identify key figures and organizations in the various movements for the expansion of civil rights

  • Rosa Parks

    • Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and refused to give up her seat to a white man because the “whites only” seating area was full.

    • Her subsequent arrest led Martin Luther King Jr. to organize the Montgomery Bus boycott of public transport, which lasted for over a year.

  • Martin Luther King Junior

    • King came to the nation’s attention when he spoke out against the arrest of Rosa Parks who would not give up her seat to a white man on public transport.

    • King utilized peaceful protest as a political tool and was instrumental in forming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

    • In 1955 King was also instrumental in the Montgomery bus boycott that led to the Supreme Court prohibiting segregation on public transport.

  • Emmett Till

    • Was dared to whistle at a White Woman by friends.

    • Was beaten & shot through the head & then thrown in a river

  • Malcom X

    • X was a passionate and inspiring speaker who fought for independence for African-Americans using violent methods if necessary.

    • After falling out with Nation of Islam Malcolm X’s attitude changed to that of non-violent protest for integration.

    • Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965 by members of the Nation of Islam.

  • John F. Kennedy

    • Kennedy at first did not fully support the civil rights movement for fear of alienating voters.

    • After the riots in Birmingham Kennedy decided to support the movement fully, regardless of whether or not he would lose the next election.

    • He supported the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and had plans to implement a stronger civil rights act. 

  • Starting in the 1960's, the beginning of the women's rights movement resurged forward after being passive during the 1940's and 1950's.

  • The last major hurdle that was overcome was the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 giving women in the United States the right to vote.

  • The Civil rights protests spurred the women of the 1960's to renew the push for equal rights for women as well as minorities in educational and employment fields.

  • Equality in politics, both in the United States and internationally, were also on the agenda for women's rights.

  • Social movement, is individual, or groups of people moving toward a common goal. Little groups, not affecting whole populations 

  • That society is not completely changed yet, but it has been significantly changed. Cell phones are a social movement. It seems as if everyone has one and it has "revolutionized" the way our society communicates, but has it really changed anything? No. Life is different, much different, but our civilization would be relatively in the same state today had cell phones not been so popular.

  • identify the issues surrounding significant Supreme Court cases related to civil rights and liberties

  • The Supreme Court decided that racial segregation was lawful under the separate but equal policy.



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