Websites

The Lyndon Johnson Library and Museum
http://www.lbjlibrary.org/
The official Web site of the Johnson library in Texas provides information about the library as well as photos, speeches, and a guide to the holdings.

Lyndon Johnson National Historical Park
http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/
Located in Johnson City, Texas, this National Park service site provides exhibits and virtual tours.

LBJ Out Loud
http://www.hpol.org/byspeaker.asp?t=browse
The History and Politics Out Loud server at Northwestern University provides 30 audio files of Lyndon Johnson.

Cold War Hot Links
http://homepages.stmartin.edu/fac_staff/dprice/cold.war.htm
A collection of interesting primary and secondary sources regarding the Cold War.

American Experience: Vietnam
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/vietnam/
Explore America's longest and most unpopular conflict in this companion Web site to the acclaimed PBS series.

American Experience: Return With Honor
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/honor/
Find out about American fighter pilots held as prisoners of war in North Vietnam; view a gallery of POW drawings and read about the families waiting for news on the homefront.

Decades of Protest: Political Posters
http://lists.village.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Exhibits/Track16.html
The Sixties Project at the University of Virginia presents a collection of protest posters from the U.S., Vietnam and Cuba. Browse the entire site for more, including oral histories, political buttons, humor, and poetry of the Sixties.

America Votes: Lyndon Johnson
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/americavotes/lbj.html
See some pieces of campaign memorabilia from Johnson's presidential election.

National Civil Rights Museum
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
Access information about events at the museum, a photo tour, online exhibits, and links of interest.

Books

Archer, Jules. The Incredible Sixties: The Stormy Years That Changed America. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.
Overview of the people and events of all aspects of the 1960s, from Vietnam to pop art to women's rights; includes photographs and suggested reading list.

Berman, Larry. Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam. New York: W. W. Norton, 1982.
An analysis of the decisions that committed the U.S. to war on the Asian mainland.

Bernstein, Irving. Guns or Butter: The Presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Oxford University Press, 1996.

Beschloss, Michael R. Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
The first volume of transcripts of tapes Johnson made during his administration, with analysis and commentary.

Bornet, Vaughn D. The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. University Press of Kansas, 1983.

Bullard, Sara. Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
An overview of the Civil Rights movement, accompanied by photos.

Califano, Joseph A. The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson, The White House Years. Simon & Schuster, 1991.

Caro, Robert A. The Years of Lyndon Johnson. New York: Knopf, 1982-1990.
The first three volumes of a projected four-volume biography of LBJ, from his roots in the Texas Hill Country to his development as a master politician at the national level.

Carpenter, Liz. Ruffles and Flourishes: The Warm and Tender Story of a Simple Girl Who Found Adventure in the White House. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1970.
A behind-the-scenes account of life in the White House during the Johnson administration, by Lady Bird's staff director and press secretary.

Chafe, William H. The Road to Equality: American Women since 1962. Oxford History of Women in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
This book, geared to young adults, examines the roles and rights of women since 1962.

Dallek, Robert. Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960. Oxford, 1991.

Dolan, Sean. Pursuing the Dream: From the Selma-Montgomery March to the Formation of PUSH (1965-1971). Milestones in Black American History. New York: Chelsea House, 1995.
This book examines the politics and culture of African Americans during the 1960s.

Falkof, Lucille. Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States. Ada, OK: Garrett Educational Corp., 1989.
An account of Johnson's life for high school students; includes many photos and an annotated bibliography.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.
The story of LBJ's life and an analysis of the American political system he mastered, as told by his former aide.

Hargrove, Jim. Lyndon B. Johnson. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1987.
A compact biography of LBJ, including many black and white photographs and a chronology of the major events in U.S. history.

Haskins, James and Kathleen Benson. The 60s Reader. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1988.
A collection of speeches, articles and manifestoes of the era.

Haskins, Jim. I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press, 1992.
A biography for students of the civil rights leader, including excerpts from his writings and speeches, with an introduction by Rosa Parks.

Hunt, Michael H. Lyndon Johnson's War: American's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.
An analysis of why the war began and how it escalated.

Italia, Bob. Maya Lin: Honoring Our Forgotten Heroes. Edina, Minn.: Abdo & Daughters, 1993.
For younger readers, this is an overview of the life of architect Maya Lin and the story of her two most famous projects -- the Vietnam Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial.

Johnson, Lady Bird. A White House Diary. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
An intimate portrait of what life was like for President Johnson and Lady Bird while they were in the White House, from the perspective of the first lady herself.

Johnson, Rebekah Baines. A Family Album. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965.
A collection of photographs and other primary source materials exploring the president's family history, based on a family scrapbook that Johnson's mother created for him.

Levine, Ellen. Freedom's Children. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1983.
A collection of 30 first-person stories of young African Americans who fought segregation in the South in the 1950s and 1960s.

Lincoln, Evelyn. Kennedy and Johnson. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968.
An anecdotal account of the relationship between these two exceptional politicians by Kennedy's personal secretary.

Lynch, Dudley M. The President from Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson. New York: Crowell, 1975.
A biography of the 36th president written for young adults.

Mabie, Margaret C. J. Vietnam, There and Here. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.
An account of war in Vietnam, focusing on the actions of the U.S. presidents involved, from Eisenhower to Nixon.

McKissack, Patricia and Floyd McKissack. The Civil Rights Movement in America from 1865 to the Present. 2nd ed. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1987.
Written for young readers, this is a history of the American civil rights movement.

McNamara, Robert S. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
An insider's view of how America got into and stayed in Vietnam, based on the personal experiences of the author, who was secretary of defense to both Kennedy and Johnson.

Marrin, Albert. America and Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger. New York: Viking, 1992.
An in-depth analysis, based on many first-person accounts, of the politics and political activism surrounding the Vietnam War.

Sann, Paul. The Angry Decade: The Sixties. New York: Crown, 1979.
A year-by-year account of politics, culture, events, and people.

Schandler, Herbert. The Unmaking of the President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam. Princeton University Press, 1977.

Shesol, Jeff. Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud That Defined a Decade. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.
An analysis of the hostile relationship between these two important political figures, and the effects it had on the social and political landscape of the time.

Silverman, Jerry. Songs of Protest and Civil Rights. New York: Chelsea House, 1992.
Songs of the sit-ins and protest marches.

Time-Life Books. This Fabulous Century: 1960 to 1970. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, Inc., 1985.
Useful for students and browsers, this is a pictorial look at the culture, politics, and other aspects of American life during the 1960s.

VanDeMark, Brian. Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
A nearly day-by-day account of events during the nine months after LBJ won the 1964 election.

Wexler, Sanford. The Civil Rights Movement; An Eyewitness History. New York: Facts on File, 1993.
Speeches, articles, and writings of those involved which trace the history of the Civil Rights movement, primarily from 1954 to 1965.

White, Theodore H. The Making of the President, 1964. Atheneum, 1965.

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