How far would you agree with the view that Johnson’s administration was largely a failure because of US involvement in the Vietnam War?
Published: March 21, 2017
Lyndon B. Johnson was an American politician who also served as the president of the United State between 1963 and 1969. He also served as the vice president from 1961 to 1963, as a Representative of the United States and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate.
- Johnson had addressed all the problems of illiteracy, unemployment, and racial discrimination.
- After his victory in the 1964 presidential election, he introduced a set of reforms with the vision of setting up a great society for Americans.
- He provided health insurance for the elderly and poor and took measures to improve education, reduction of crime, and on several environmental issues.
- He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to present the American people a better livelihood.
The Vietnam war was a significant incident in his tenure that totally converted all his good initiatives into failure. He escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War. He used to think that the security of America is totally dependent on restricting the spread of communism. He involved the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. After the step, protest emerged in several places across the U.S. Realising the possibility of defeat he withdrew his name for re-election.
The Vietnam war totally defamed him and brought nothing to him. All his policies and initiatives for the people of America had gone in vain. The involvement of the U.S. military continued for four years and he died in 1973.
Model Questions Category: 013 - Cold War and Other Major Events of 20th Century
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