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Nicole Curtis 4/15/10
APUS: LBJ DBQ Essay
President Lyndon B. Johnson and his administration passed several legislations and supported many programs that attempted to repair the numerous political, economic, and social problems of the United States during the 1960s. His administration responded to most of the problems effectively, but with the issue of civil rights, for example, they didn’t always fix the problems to the best of their ability. But most importantly was his attack on the “war on poverty.” Acts, like the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, assisted citizens of the US through attacking the “war on poverty” and creating opportunities for the children of the future.

Minorities, like African Americans, had trouble gaining political power. Primarily, blacks were fighting for their protection to vote and an increase in their influence in politics. For instance, some African Americans got together and created “freedom organizations” known as the Black Panther Party in order to represent their strength and dignity of their culture (doc. C). They didn’t have any legitimate successes in their fight for their political rights. Johnson and his administration, therefore, admitted the 24th amendment. This prohibited the poll tax which was a discriminatory tax that was required in order to exercise the ability to vote. Also, the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, which outlawed the discriminatory voting practices that were responsible for the disenfranchisement of African Americans in the US. These laws and his support for blacks’ rights were strongly influential and beneficial to the United States.

LBJ’s (Lyndon B. Johnson’s) most influential response to the problems of the United States was in his response to the “war on poverty.” The programs that he passed helped the poverty problem through the economical and social aspect of it. Economically, his programs boosted money into the economy and...
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