- Primary Resources: Televised Address, 1968
- Primary Resources: A Day of Mourning After the Death of Dr. King, 1968
- Primary Resources: State of the Union Address, 1969
- Primary Resources: A Segregationist's View of the Civil Rights Movement, 1964
- Primary Resources: State of the Union Address, 1966
- Timeline: World Timeline 1963-1968
Lyndon Johnson was the first president to appoint an African American to the Supreme Court when, on June 13, 1967, Johnson named Thurgood Marshall, the great-grandson of a slave, to sit on the highest court in the land. Lyndon Johnson exploited his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs, rivaling those of FDR's New Deal, through Congress with astounding success. However, visions of a Great Society were swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam: the unpopular and costly war eroded his political base and left him an exile within his own White House.
My American Experience
Who is your favorite 20th-century American president? Was it FDR? Reagan? Clinton? Or one of the other 14 men who helped usher the United Sates through the 1900s? Who do you think was the most influential?