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  • Lyndon B. Johnson was born August 27, 1908 in Stonewall Texas.
  • Johnson worked as a teacher for several years before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1937. He moved into the senate in 1948 and was known to be an agressive politician in debates and legeslation pushing.
  • Voting Rights Act
  • Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • Lyndon B. Johnson attempted to gain the democratic nomination for presidency, but eventually settle to run as Vice President beside John F. Kennedy. They won the election, beating out Richard Nixon and  Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
  • On November 7th, 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot in the head during a motorcade tour in Dallas Texas. Johnson was sworn in as the full POTUS for the remainder of the term. He was reelected and beat out Senator Barry Goldwater.
  • As president, Lyndon B. Johnson was well liked and passed acts like the Voting Rights Act which nullified southern voting laws, giving colored people more freedom to vote. He passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, encouraging more people to emigrate to the U.S. Lastly he enacted the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which allowed the U.S. to send troops to Vietnam without an official declaration of war.
  • High causalties in the Vietnam War sparked the Summer Riots of 1965 which decreased support for Johnson's office.
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