Master of the Senate by Robert A. CaroThe most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caroís life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnsonís story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 through 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnsonís brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history and how he used his incomparable legislative genius--seducing both Northern liberals and Southern conservatives--to pass the first Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction. Brilliantly weaving rich detail into a gripping narrative, Caro gives us both a galvanizing portrait of Johnson himself and a definitive and revelatory study of the workings of legislative power.
Lessons Learned: LBJ Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection
Lyndon Baines Johnson often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the Johnson is ranked favorably by many historians because of his domestic policies and the passage of many . Johnson, a notoriously tough boss throughout his career, often demanded long workdays and work on weekends.
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Lyndon B. Johnson
Formerly the 37th vice president from to , he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions. Born in a farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas , Johnson was a high school teacher and worked as a congressional aide before winning election to the House of Representatives in He won a contested election to the Senate in and was appointed to the position of Senate Majority Whip in He became known for his domineering personality and the "Johnson treatment", his aggressive coercion of powerful politicians to advance legislation.
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Who Was Lyndon B. Johnson?
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Lyndon B. A moderate Democrat and vigorous leader in the United States Senate , Johnson was elected vice president in and acceded to the presidency in upon the assassination of Pres. John F. During his administration he signed into law the Civil Rights Act , the most comprehensive civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction era, initiated major social service programs, and bore the brunt of national opposition to his vast expansion of American involvement in the Vietnam War. For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. Johnson, the first of five children, was born in a three-room house in the hills of south-central Texas to Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr. Sam Johnson had earlier lost money in cotton speculation, and, despite his legislative career, the family often struggled to make a living.
Indeed, along with Richard Nixon, who followed him as President, Johnson is seen as a complex figure involved in many significant initiatives and events that have marked modern American history. So how did someone born into poverty in Texas and who started out as a school teacher become one of the pivotal figures of the twentieth century? Johnson was indeed from humble origins. He was born on August 27, , in Stonewall, Texas. As Senator and President, Johnson had a chance to translate his sympathy for the less fortunate into real social policy laws.
Maintaining collective security, he carried on the rapidly growing struggle to restrain Communist encroachment in Viet Nam. Johnson was born on August 27, , in central Texas, not far from Johnson City, which his family had helped settle. He felt the pinch of rural poverty as he grew up, working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College now known as Texas State University-San Marcos ; he learned compassion for the poverty of others when he taught students of Mexican descent. After six terms in the House, Johnson was elected to the Senate in In , he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. With rare skill he obtained passage of a number of key Eisenhower measures. In the campaign, Johnson, as John F.