August 27, 1908: Birth of Lyndon B. Johnson
On this day in 1908, former president Lyndon B. Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas. He succeeded to the presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
As president, LBJ was responsible for designing the “Great Society” legislation that included laws upholding civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, and Medicaid. It was his advocacy for American involvement in the Vietnam War that eventually cost him his popularity and the possibility of reelection.
Watch this American Experience documentary about the legacy of the late president Lyndon B. Johnson.
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