Lyndon Baines Johnson's Domestic Policy

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Lyndon Baines Johnson’s domestic policy known as the "Great Society”, greatly affected the areas of civil rights and health. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1937, Johnson hadadmired Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. As a member of Congress, he embraced the activist approach of the New Deal and sought to expand its remaining programs by creating more federalagencies that later would provide relief for the poor. During his presidency from 1963 to 1969, Johnson aimed to carry the ideals John Fitzgerald Kennedy had left behind when he was assassinated. President Johnson laid out his plans for programs of social and economic reform, designed to promote social equality and economic…show more content…
Another act that Johnson had passed was the Immigration and Nationality Services Act. This act had abolished the earlier quota system based on immigrant national origin to a new policy, which was based on reuniting immigrant families and attracting skilled workers to the United States. It was fairer to immigration as a whole. A product of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was created to ensure fairness in employment practices based on any discrimination. This further continued Lyndon B. Johnsons views and goal of creating a “Great Society.” Besides the goal of equality, Johnsons also declared an “unconditional war on poverty.” Johnson had made it one of his most important goals to end poverty. He had grown up poor and had firsthand experience of the suffering many people had in the United States. His initiative was to be cooperating, involving communities, the courts, and local governments. Johnson started his war on poverty with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which provided numerous ways of which young people, living in poverty, could receive job training and higher education. Many programs were created to help people living in poverty acquire jobs. The Job Corps helped the disadvantaged youth develop skills for labor. Though President Johnson did want to help the youth to attain skills for jobs, he also wanted the youth to stay in school to makea better future for themselves. One of the most significant and effective programs that Johnson had put into place was the Volunteers in Service to America. This program was made up of volunteer individuals who with community-based agencies would help work out long-term solutions to the problems caused by poverty. These volunteers were paid very little to work among poor people and provide aid in areas with
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