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By Mitchell B. Lerner

This spouse deals an outline of Lyndon B. Johnson's existence, presidency, and legacy, in addition to a close examine the vital arguments and scholarly debates from his time period in workplace.

  • Explores the legacy of Johnson and the ancient importance of his years as president
  • Covers the total diversity of themes, from the social and civil rights reforms of the nice Society to the elevated American involvement in Vietnam
  • Incorporates the dramatic new facts that has come to gentle throughout the unlock of round 8,000 mobile conversations and conferences that Johnson secretly recorded as President
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    His objective was to increase his own power as leader without seeming to challenge those committee chairs that already held it, to make senators more dependent on the floor leader than on them. His passion for control and domination made him particularly effective in those backroom, one-on-one sessions with senators whose votes he courted, sometimes persuading them to vote against their own political instincts. He based his leadership on his skills as a mediator, using private negotiations, secrecy, and pragmatism, but she noted that in the process his style diminished the significance of public debate in the Senate, and his promotion of bipartisanship and deference to the Eisenhower administration in foreign policy reduced the Senate’s participation in 28 DONALD A.

    Huitt, “Lyndon B. Johnson and Senate Leadership” (1979), argued that to further his personal ambitions, Johnson wanted a record of accomplishments, which meant passing bills, regardless of their details. 17 Assessing “Lyndon B. Johnson and Blacks: The Early Years” (1977), Monroe Billington tracked Johnson’s civil rights record in the House and Senate and noted that Johnson initially justified his votes against civil rights measures on the grounds of states’ rights, to appease his conservative white constituents and gain the support of Southern congressmen.

    Johnson’s presidency have credited some of his greatest successes and failures to his earlier experiences in Congress. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, in particular, has been cited as an example of Johnson mastery over the legislative procedures and psychology, honed from years in the House and Senate. As president, Johnson steered the bill past the longest filibuster in Senate history to achieve a rare cloture vote and ultimate victory. ”1 Yet in addition to such legislative victories, Johnson’s foreign policy blunders have also been attributed to his senatorial mindset.

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