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Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Texas on August 27, 1908 and was later elected vice president of the United States in 1960 and LBJ was sworn into presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Johnson then became the 36th president of the United States. When put into office he created a series of progressive reforms pointed to creating a “Great Society” for all Americans. The programs LBJ created  was Medicare, Medicaid, the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act that impacted the health, education, and civil rights of Americans.  By creating the Medicare and Medicaid programs, it provided health insurance for the elderly and poor Americans and it was directed towards improving education as well. By Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 it attacked racial discrimination and further grew the economy and lead to longing success. The Voting Rights Act removed poll taxes and tests that made African Americans unable to vote. The Civil Rights Act outlawed the discrimination of individuals based on color, race, sex, etc. His presidency was as well considered a failure due to his policies towards Vietnam. Lyndon B. Johnson was hopeful to prevent North Vietnam communists from taking over the United States. He believed America and it’s safety was dependent on containing communism spreading throughout the world. He intensified US military involvement in the Vietnam War by sending more troops and numbers grew when he took office. He startled the world by withdrawing as a candidate to be re-elected as President but he did this to devote himself to peace due to his actions as President. The Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces in South Vietnam embarrassed the Johnson administration. The attack was a failure for the military and  the news coverage including televised images of enemy forces firing on the U.S. embassy in Saigon and this added further to Johnson’s “credibility gap”. As the war dragged on, the public support dropped and skepticism rose. The term “credibility gap” rose due to skeptics questioning Johnson’s truth of the policies and statements told to the public about Vietnam.After college, to earn money Johnson taught disadvantaged Mexican-American students. This first hand look of poverty and discrimination on the students he taught made an impression on Johnson and this made him want to find solutions to these problems. Lyndon B. Johnson was influenced mostly by John F. Kennedy and wanted to further spread his legacy. He as well wanted to finish JFK’s unfinished work of the New Frontier.  Johnson accomplished all these reforms and programs because he believed that all individuals are created equal and should be treated equal no matter race, religion, gender, nationality, etc. His main goal was to eliminate poverty and racial injustice. I believe Lyndon B. Johnson stood for devoted and powerful man but was also reluctant due to sending in troops to Vietnam instead of getting America out. LBJ knew Vietnam was a disaster in the making and that it would hurt America in the long run. But he was a devoted man due to making numerous programs and America prospering. Johnson’s birthday became a Texas state holiday shortly after his death. In 1980, he was honored by Jimmy Carter with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. While his programs kept numerous  of Americans out of poverty, gave others basic health care, and ensured the fundamental rights of citizenship for minorities, in Southeast Asia, millions of Vietnamese lost their lives and homes. Many of the Great Society programs still exist today, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Johnson is remembered for both his legislative successes and his oversight of a horrifying war.

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