• War on Poverty: What it got wrong | IN 60 SECONDS
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    War on Poverty: What it got wrong | IN 60 SECONDS

    Ready to go! President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had some important successes, but it got at least one thing very wrong: Its leaders used the language of civil rights to talk about income and poverty. Financial assistance from the government is not a right! It’s not protected by the Constitution like religious freedom or freedom of speech. Using the language of rights led to two big mistakes. First, it told people in need that they had no role in improving their economic situation; the government would take care of everything. And second, it led to a misguided effort to use Congress and federal courts to impose uniform anti-poverty policies…

  • The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40
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    The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course US History and today we’re gonna talk about the 1960s. Mr. Green, Mr. Green. Great. The decade made famous by the narcissists who lived through it. Hey, Me From the Past, finally you and I agree about something wholeheartedly. But while I don’t wish to indulge the baby-boomers’ fantasies about their centrality to world history, the sixties were an important time. I mean, there was the Cold War, Vietnam, a rising tide of conservatism (despite Woodstock), racism. There were the Kennedy’s and Camelot, John, Paul, George, and to a lesser extent, Ringo. And of course, there was also Martin Luther King Jr.…

  • President Lyndon Baines Johnson 1966 State of the Union Address, 1/12/66. MP562.
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    President Lyndon Baines Johnson 1966 State of the Union Address, 1/12/66. MP562.

    Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union. January 12, 1966 Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House and the Senate, my fellow Americans: I come before you tonight to report on the State of the Union for the third time. I come here to thank you and to add my tribute, once more, to the Nation’s gratitude for this, the 89th Congress. This Congress has already reserved for itself an honored chapter in the history of America. Our Nation tonight is engaged in a brutal and bitter conflict in Vietnam. Later on I want to discuss that struggle in some detail with you. It just…

  • LBJ’s ‘Passage of Power’: The Transformation of a ‘Legislative Genius’
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    LBJ’s ‘Passage of Power’: The Transformation of a ‘Legislative Genius’

    bjbjLULU JUDY WOODRUFF: And finally tonight, the unfolding drama of a political figure at a key turning point in American history. Gwen Ifill has our conversation. GWEN IFILL: Historian Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades telling the story of a single man, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The fourth hefty volume in his series of biographies is “The Passage of Power.” It covers the pivotal four years between 1960 and 1964, as Johnson rose from senator to vice president then, through the stunning tragedy of the Kennedy assassination, to president. And there is yet a fifth volume to come. Robert Caro joins me now. Thank you. ROBERT CARO, author:…