Civil Rights Act

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

 

For many, President Lyndon Baines Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating the United States military involvement in Vietnam. But 50 years ago, he engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This special examines how LBJ transformed America.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
LBJ: Part One

 

Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs. An accidental president, LBJ set out to make his mark by pushing through historic social legislation of a scale that rivaled FDR’s New Deal. But Johnson’s vision was shattered by the increasing debacle of Vietnam, and his presidency began to unravel.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
LBJ: Part Two

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – LBJ: Part Two

 

Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs. An accidental president, LBJ set out to make his mark by pushing through historic social legislation of a scale that rivaled FDR’s New Deal. But Johnson’s vision was shattered by the increasing debacle of Vietnam, and his presidency began to unravel.