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Happy 100th, President Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson was born 100 years ago today. I hope this will not be forgotten tonight.

Historians have been arguing for years that LBJ’s liberal accomplishments are insufficiently appreciated.

Just a few highlights.

  • 1964: Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • 1964: Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964
  • 1964: Wilderness Act
  • 1964: Nurse Training Act
  • 1964: Food Stamp Act of 1964
  • 1964: Economic Opportunity Act
  • 1965: Higher Education Act of 1965
  • 1965: Social Security Act of 1965
  • 1965: Voting Rights Act
  • 1965: Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965
  • 1967: Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • 1967: Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
  • 1968: Bilingual Education Act
  • 1968: Fair housing

From his final State of the Union:

"I hope it may be said a hundred years from now," Johnson told the Congress, "that by working together we helped to make our country more just. That’s what I hope. But I believe that at least it will be said that we tried."

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