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Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson -- 36th President; Term: 1963-1969; Political Party: Democrat; First Lady: Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson; Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey

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'In 1790, the nation which had fought a revolution against taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren't much happier about taxation with representation.' (1964)

Born: August 27, 1908; Stonewall, Texas... Lyndon Johnson was the first president to appoint an African American to the Supreme Court. On June 13, 1967, Johnson named Thurgood Marshall, the great-grandson of a slave, to sit on the highest court in the land...Visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam: Lyndon Johnson exploited his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs, rivaling those of FDR's New Deal, through Congress with astounding success. An unpopular and costly war, however, eroded his political base and left him an exile within his own White House... Died: January 22, 1973.

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The Era

  • Passage of Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Warren Commission issues report on Kennedy assassination (1964)
  • PLO formed (1964)
  • Cesar Chavez organizes farm workers (1965)
  • National Organization for Women is formed (1966)
  • Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India (1966)
  • Israel wins Six-Day War (1967)
  • Shirley Chisholm becomes first black woman elected to Congress (1968)
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy assassinated (1968)

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