Some of his agencies ended or were declared unconstitutional, such as the Works Progress Administration. Some of his agencies became part of other organizations, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose resources became part of county Cooperative Extension programs (Rozell & Pederson, 1997).
There are many scholars and historians who claim that the Presidency of Roosevelt was the birth of the modern presidency. President Johnson was facing a situation of a different nature, the assassination of President Kennedy. This event apparently had a great impact on the American people and Johnson, who became President on the death of Kennedy, ran for office on his own in 1964 on a campaign called "A Great Society" which was a perceived collection of legislation designed to be good for all people (Wicker, 1991).
In his first months of office, he pushed through the Congress one of the most extensive legislative programs in the Nation's history. He first enacted a series of approvals to keep the war going in Vietnam, so that the American people would not be depressed about losing a war.
Next he managed to get passage of several programs Kennedy had been keen on -- a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. Next, he urged the Nation "to build a great society, a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor" (Wicker, 1991, 42). In 1964, Johnson won the Presidency with 61 percent of the vote and had the widest popular margin in American history -- more than 15,000,000 votes (Wicker, 1991). The Great Society program became Johnson's agenda for Congress in January 1965: aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, a wide-scale fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime and delinquency, removal of obstacles to the right to vote.
Both of these Presidents -- as well as the New Deal legislation and the Great Societ...
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