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the Great Society

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The Great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964–65.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy from 1961 to 1963.

What Were LBJ's "Great Society" Programs? | History by HISTORY

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It was coined during a 1964 speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson at the University of Michigan and came to represent his domestic agenda.

The University of Michigan, frequently referred to simply as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

The Great Society by Hillsdale College

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The main goal was the total elimination of poverty and racial injustice.

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New major spending programs that addressed education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation were launched during this period.

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The program and its initiatives were subsequently promoted by him and fellow Democrats in Congress in the 1960s and years following.

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The Great Society in scope and sweep resembled the New Deal domestic agenda of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.

The New Deal was a series of social liberal programs enacted in the United States between 1933 and 1938, and a few that came later.

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Some Great Society proposals were stalled initiatives from John F. Kennedy's New Frontier.

The term New Frontier was used by liberal, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy in his acceptance speech in the 1960 United States presidential election to the Democratic National Convention at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the Democratic slogan to inspire America to support him.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.

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Johnson's success depended on his skills of persuasion, coupled with the Democratic landslide victory in the 1964 elections that brought in many new liberals to Congress, making the House of Representatives in 1965 the most liberal House since 1938.

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Anti-war Democrats complained that spending on the Vietnam War choked off the Great Society.

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

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While some of the programs have been eliminated or had their funding reduced, many of them, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act and federal education funding, continue to the present.

The Older Americans Act of 1965 was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults.

Medicaid in the United States is a social health care program for families and individuals with limited resources.

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The Great Society's programs expanded under the administrations of Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Richard Milhous Nixon was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign from office.

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977.

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

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