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James T. Patterson, Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University, discusses his book Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore.
The newly sworn-in president, Lyndon B. Johnson, issued his first presidential proclamation on November 23, 1963, declaring November 25, 1963, the day of President Kennedy’s funeral, a national day of mourning.
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Commencement Address at Howard University: “To Fulfill These Rights,” June 4, 1965, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential LibraryBackground Information
On June 4, 1965, Lyndon Johnson gave a commencement address to students at Howard...
In 1969 Thomas Baker conducted an interview with Roy Wilkins, executive directory of the NAACP, based on Wilkins’s experiences with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. This abridged version of the interview enlightens students about Lyndon Johnson in particular about his relationship with Roy Wilkins and his efforts to address (or not address) issues during the Civil Rights Movement. Students will be able to collectively analyze this document and evaluate the degree to which Johnson was involved...
What conditions created the need for a protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and what did that march achieve?Background
Throughout American history, African Americans have struggled to gain basic civil rights, such as the right to vote. When marchers gathered at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, to demand voting rights, the nation was forced to acknowledge the depth and breadth of racial discrimination and bigotry that existed in the...