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Describe the successes and failures of president Johnson in his attempt to build a great society in the USA in the years 1963-1968 A third of a century after Lyndon B Johnson abandoned his five-year roller coaster as president his attempts for the betterment of mankind were not always met with approval Conservatives disdain his Great Society while liberals excoriate his Vietnam policy Reganites group Johnsons tenure with the Nixon Ford and Carter administrations in a quartet of presidential failures that precipitated their revolution in the transformation of America and her people Yet Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the great Liberal nationalists of the American century In Congress by crossing the views of Southern populism with the rapidly expanding Northern progressivism he harnessed federal power to modernize the South As a president he soothed a nation reeling from Kennedys assassination fathered civil rights legislation and crusaded to conquer poverty in his fanciful attempt to become the greatest presidential reformer in the countrys history It was in his firs 15 months that Mr Johnson best demonstrated the qualities for which he hoped to be remembered By masterly managing the transition of power from the slain president to himself by restoring faith in the viability of the American System of divided legislature and executive powers by proving the nations capacity to withstand the horror of assassination and by persuading the world of the strength and continuity of America and her institutions Shrewd management of his relations with Congress brought about quick action on a tax-cut bill only weeks after Mr Johnson became President He paved the way for the 11-billion cut slashing the budget which apparently impressed the economic blocs In July 1964 Mr Johnson proudly signed into law the most sweeping civil rights bill since Reconstruction days Mr Kennedy had submitted the measure to Congress in June 1963 and Mr Johnson had pushed hard for its enactment from
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