8.8 - U.S. History

8.8 - U.S. History

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  • Wow! Yeah I think I heard one of his quotes, "Hell, we’ve barely begun to solve our problems. And we can do it all.”
  • Yep, he was very ambitious , which certainly did help in fueling his motivations to improve the U.S.!
  • Nope, what was it?
  • The Great Society was Johnson's vision of allowing the American government to go to lengths it has never gone before to ensure various benefits to the current standard of living at the time.
  • Hey do you know what the Great Society of President Lyndon Johnson was?
  • So the Great Society had both negatives and positives, but some of the positives began to shine through?
  • But how did Johnson keep up with all of these changes?
  • Well, as Goodwin stated, they were "coming with programs so fast, even Johnson could barely remember what he proposed". But in the end, even against the critics, Johnson's changes proved to be extremely helpful to the American people.
  • To be specific, Johnson's program from 1964 to 1968 torn down racial barriers, sustained orchestras and museums in cities in the U.S., put seat belts and padded dashboards into every car, and even provided health care for the elderly and food to the poor.
  • Yep! While some individuals were dissatisfied, others were happy due to better incomes, and more jobs.
  • What was the Legacy of the Great Society?
  • Also, in 1960, the federal government spent less than $150 per elementary and high school student, however with the help of the impacts of the Great Society, in 2011, that number skyrocketed to $1,600 per student and in 2008, 64% of students in college received financial aid, something that was perceived unimaginable before Jonhson.
  • Good question! For starters, "the anti-discrimination laws" that got passed in the 1960s during Johnson's presidency have essentially done more to reduce economic inequality than even some government programs, something that Diana Furchtgott-Roth agreed with.
  • I mean the Great Society's Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 even took out the previous immigration system that originally required immigrants to be blond, blue-eyed, and from Western Europe.
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