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Judgment Days: Civil Rights Era of 1960s

In his ˘Great Society÷ platform, President Johnson intended to ˘out-Roosevelt Roosevelt÷ and ˘out-Lincoln Lincoln÷ (Kotz 89). An ambitious series of reforms that included medical care, education, the environment, immigration, support of arts and humanities and other aspects of society, JohnsonĂs ˘Great Society÷ would be undermined by the increasingly unpopular and increasingly expensive Vietnam War. His fracture in relations with Martin Luther King, Jr. stemmed from KingĂs antiwar rhetoric and his belief that the Vietnam War was draining valuable resources needed to implement programs for African Americans. However, together the two men worked tirelessly with great courage and sacrifice to end Apartheid in American society, fulfilling a promise made by Abraham Lincoln a century before them. When asked what his proudest moment in office had been, Kotz (431) explains President Johnson stated without hesitation, ˘I expect the thing that has pleased me as much as any other thing that has come to me is the response that the Congress made to my Voting Rights Act.÷

Despite JohnsonĂs pleasure in helping push for racial equality in American society and law, the struggle and its victories did not come easily. Though initiated by President Kennedy, civil rights reforms were something Kennedy hesitated in pushing through a staunchly opposed Sout


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