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  • Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite and those who have more appetites than dinners-Nicolas Chamfort
  • The Great Society created by steam and electricity may be a society but is not a community-John Dewey
  • We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back-Malala Yousafzai
  • The Great Society was a set of domestic programs promoted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and fellow Democrats in Congress in the 1960s. Two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice.
  • The Earth is what we all have in common-Wendell Berry
  • It focused on quality of life to include medicare, education and the environment with reforms such as the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act which aided the War on Poverty. "Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope-some because of their poverty and some because of their color and all too many because of both"-Lyndon Johnson
  • He who opens a school door closes a prison-Victor Hugo
  • Signed July 2, 1964 the Civil Rights Act was the first major piece in LBJ’s Great Society. It sought to end discrimination based on skin color, sex, or religion. Although results were not present immediately, segregation was still present in the coming years, the bill when passed through legislature was eventually effective. 
  • Social Security helps Americans enjoy a secure retirement 
  • It has also kept millions of Americans out of poverty.
  • LBJ passed the Wilderness Protection Act in 1964 which saved 110 million acres of forest from being turn into industrial area.  It made certain areas and defined them as “wilderness” so that nothing would interfere with their preservation. This led to better air quality and water. Today we still try to conserve  and LBJ set that into motion.
  • It put into place the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It provided federal aid to education. The large amounts of money that were being put into schools by this program, meant kids that were previously already underprivileged and uneducated were now getting placed into better schools and better situations for education and life. 
  • The Social Security Act of 1965, introduced medicare that is still in use today and was the start of publicly funded health care. Medicare today includes 30-50 private insurance companies that aid the program. It was created to provide people 65 and older with health insurance because other wise it was unavailable or unaffordable. 
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