Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 26.01.1973: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 26.01.1973: Opinion

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The achievements of President Johnson

Apart from the purely personal tragedy of Lyndon Johnson's 1968 retirement from politics over the Vietnam issue, American obsessions with the war obscured - and still tend to obscure - his immense achievements in the field of domestic legislation.

Mr Johnson announced his Great Society programme in January 1965, and within two years of taking office in November 1963 he persuaded Congress to pass a mass of welfare legislation covering education, civil rights, healthcare, housing and urban development, conservation and immigration. The session of Congress that ended in October 1965 was the most productive in 30 years, with 86 major legislative measures to its credit. But the real credit was the president's: Congress merely accommodated the president - moved, perhaps, by the feeling that he was completing vital parts of the programme put forward earlier by John F. Kennedy.

In the education field alone, Mr Johnson's achievements exceeded those carried through in the New Deal era of the 1930s. …

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