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LBJ and the Great Society

LBJ and the Great Society
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     challenging words:    best, administration, congressman, conservative, nomination, liberal, margin, civil, minority, meaningful, politics, political, refused, presidency, majority, conquer
     content words:    Lyndon Baines Johnson, United States, Vice President, John F., When Kennedy, Air Force One, President Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Johnson City, Claudia Alta Taylor

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LBJ and the Great Society
By Jane Runyon

1     Lyndon Baines Johnson had wanted to be President of the United States. He did not plan on getting the job the way he did. He was Vice President of the United States under John F. Kennedy. When Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, LBJ automatically became president. He was sworn in as president aboard Air Force One with his wife and Mrs. Kennedy as witnesses. The body of President Kennedy was in the cargo hold being transported back to Washington.
2     Lyndon Johnson had a poor start in life. He was born in Texas not far from Johnson City. The town had been named after his family members when they had been among the first settlers in the area. The year was 1908. Lyndon and his family worked hard for a living. He had to work to earn the money needed for him to attend college. His father, Sam, had served five terms in the Texas legislature. His mother believed that an education was extremely important for each of her children. This is where Lyndon got his deep appreciation for politics and schooling. He taught a year of elementary school before politics took over his life.
3     Johnson moved to Washington, D.C., in 1931. He had taken a job as secretary to a Texas congressman. He kept this job for the next four years. While in Washington, he met and became friends with several people who would influence his future political career. In 1934, he married Claudia Alta Taylor, a fellow Texan. She was called Lady Bird by those who knew her well. Lyndon and Lady Bird made a good political team.

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