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Lyndon B. Johnson and American liberalism : a brief biography with documents /
Bruce J. Schulman.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
description
xvii, 301 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1403971536, 9781403971531
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
isbn
1403971536
9781403971531
catalogue key
6664823
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 280-286) and index.
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Review Quotes
"This is a well-balanced, thoughtful, and informative biography of Lyndon Johnson. The documents that illustrate Johnson's presidency only increase the value of the volume. Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism is an excellent choice for U.S. history courses on the second half of the twentieth century and ideal for classes that deal directly with Johnson and his times."
"This short, well-paced, well-told story of LBJ and liberalism amazes and impresses me. My students loved learning from it; I loved teaching from it."--Gil Troy, McGill University "This account is the best brief introduction to one of this nation's most enduringly fascinating and enigmatic presidents. Schulman, in a fair, careful, and insightful manner, grapples with Lyndon Johnson's earthy folksiness, grandiose dreams, and tragic miscalculations. This is an excellent textbook."--Carlos Blanton, Texas A&M University
"This short, well-paced, well-told story of LBJ and liberalism amazes and impresses me. My students loved learning from it; I loved teaching from it."--Gil Troy, McGill University "This account is the best brief introduction to one of this nation's most enduringly fascinating and enigmatic presidents. Schulman, in a fair, careful, and insightful manner, grapples with Lyndon Johnson's earthy folksiness, grandiose dreams, and tragic miscalculations. This is an excellent textbook."--Carlos Blanton, Texas A& M University
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
Taking advantage of newly released evidence, this revised, second edition incorporates a selection of fresh documents, including transcripts of Johnson's phone conversations and conservative reactions to his leadership, to examine the issues and controversies that grew out of Johnson's presidency and have renewed importance today.
Long Description
Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism provides a brief yet comprehensive treatment of the major events of Johnson's career but with a central focus on his role as the emblematic figure in the rise and fall of postwar American liberalism. The author includes 15 documents - Johnson's own speeches as well as assessments of the president and his programs by contemporaries and later scholars - that give readers the opportunity to examine LBJ's career firsthand and to evaluate its impact. The book also contains photographs and cartoons from the period, an LBJ chronology, a bibliography, and an index.
Main Description
Whether admired or reviled, Lyndon B. Johnson and his tumultuous administration embodied the principles and contradictions of his era. Taking advantage of newly released evidence, this revised, second edition incorporates a selection of fresh documents, including transcripts of Johnson's phone conversations and conservative reactions to his leadership, to examine the issues and controversies that grew out of Johnson's presidency and have renewed importance today.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
List of Illustrationsp. xvii
Introduction: Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalismp. 1
"The Perfect Roosevelt Man": Young Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1948p. 5
From the Hill Country to Capitol Hillp. 6
The New Dealp. 12
The Best Congressman a District Ever Hadp. 21
Money and Politics, Texas-Sizedp. 24
Democratic Leader: Senator Johnson, 1948-1960p. 36
Shifting Right: Cold War Liberalismp. 38
"E = LBJ": The Senate Leaderp. 44
Becoming a National Figure: The Leader and the Issuesp. 49
"Let Us Continue": LBJ and the Kennedy Legacy, 1960-1964p. 60
The Vice Presidentp. 62
Years of Frustration: JFK and the Liberal Agendap. 65
"Let Us Continue": The Transitionp. 69
President in His Own Rightp. 78
The Great Societyp. 87
Johnsonian Liberalismp. 88
Chief Legislatorp. 92
The Not-So-Great Society: Implementing LBJ's Programp. 100
Assessing the Great Societyp. 105
Shall We Overcome? LBJ and the Civil Rights Revolutionp. 111
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Act of 1965p. 114
Fire in the Streetsp. 118
A New and Bewildering Stage: Toward Affirmative Actionp. 121
LBJ and Civil Rightsp. 129
"That Bitch of a War": LBJ and Vietnamp. 133
"A Fat, Juicy Worm": The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1963 137 Americanizing the War, 1963-1965p. 142
"Lyndon Johnson's War"p. 148
The Credibility Gap and the Home Frontp. 152
"No More Vietnams"p. 161
Dumping Johnson: The Decline and Fall of American Liberalismp. 167
Guns, Butter, and Stagflationp. 168
The End of the Johnson Erap. 171
The Documentsp. 179
"Let Us Continue": Johnson Assumes the Presidency
The Kennedy Legacy: LBJ's First Speech as Presidentp. 181
Address before a Joint Session of the Congress, November 27, 1963p. 181
The Warren Commission: Johnson Applies "The Treatment" to Senator Russellp. 185
Phone Conversation, November 29, 1963, 8:55 p.m.p. 186
Shaping the Debate: LBJ Persuades Washington Post Publisher Katherine Grahamp. 188
Phone Conversation, December 2, 1963, 11:10 a.m.p. 189
Perspectives on the Great Society
Launching the Great Societyp. 191
Remarks at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964p. 192
"A Time for Choosing": A Conservative Criticizes Johnsonian Liberalismp. 196
Address on Behalf of Senator Goldwater, October 27,p. 1964
A Poverty Warrior Defends the Great Societyp. 198
How Great Was the Great Society? 1986p. 199
A Conservative Thinker Assails the Great Societyp. 207
From Wealth and Poverty, 1981p. 207
Poverty: The Statistical Recordp. 210
Persons below Poverty Level and below 125 Percent of Poverty Level: 1959-2002p. 211
Racial Conflict and the Civil Rights Revolution
"We Shall Overcome": The Voting Rights Speechp. 214
The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress, March 15, 1965p. 215
A New Militance in Black Americap. 220
"We Must Be in a Position of Power": Address before the CORE National Convention, July 1, 1965p. 221
From Civil Rights to Affirmative Actionp. 223
"To Fulfill These Rights": Commencement Address at Howard University, June 4, 1965p. 223
War at Home and Abroad: Martin Luther King Jr. Opposes the Vietnam Warp. 230
"Beyond Vietnam": Speech at Riverside Church Meeting, April 4, 1967p. 231
Vietnam
LBJ Outlines His War Aimsp. 236
Peace without Conquest: Address at Johns Hopkins University, April 7, 1965p. 236
Johnson Agonizes over Vietnamp. 243
Phone Conversation, May 27, 1964, 10:55 a.m.p. 244
The Decision to Escalate: 1965p. 249
From A Very Human President, July 1965p. 250
We Can Win in Vietnam: Hawks Criticize LBJ's Strategyp. 255
What Is the President Waiting For? June 28, 1966p. 256
The Student Left Opposes LBJp. 258
"The Incredible War": Speech at the Washington Antiwar March, April 17, 1965p. 259
The Establishment Bows Out: Walter Cronkite Calls the War a Stalematep. 263
Mired in Stalemate, February 27, 1968p. 263
The End of Liberalism
LBJ Insists on Guns and Butterp. 265
Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union, January 12, 1966p. 266
The Liberal Coalition Breaks Upp. 267
Speech at Madison Square Garden, October 24, 1968p. 267
Appendixes
An LBJ Chronology (1908-1975)p. 273
Questions for Considerationp. 278
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 280
Indexp. 289
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