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This Is Our Country (1968)

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  •  An unusual naturalization ceremony with Lady Bird Johnson 
  •  Health, Education, and Welfare Secretary Wilbur Cohen discusses tour stops with the First Lady 
  •  Visits the Teacher Corps at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana 
  •  Duke Ellington and Opera star Marian Anderson visit schools in New Orleans with the First Lady 
  •  A lively New Orleans marching band 
  •  The New Orleans Repertory Theater 
  •  The nation’s first Moon Port on Merritt Island 
  •  Astronauts John Young and Walt Cunningham speak with Lady Bird about American achievements in space 
  •  The press mingle and chat with the First Lady as they fly to their next destination 
  •  Lady Bird speaks upon arriving in Denver, Colorado about health care and urban renewal 
  •  In the stunning redwood forests a chorus performs “America the Beautiful” for their special guests 
  •  Humboldt State College students set up a campfire and hot drinks to celebrate the dedication of the Redwood National Park 
  •  Dr. Ralph Cheney, conservationist and president of Save the Redwoods League, tells the First Lady about the botany of the Redwood Forest 
  •  The Tozawa Yurok, Native Americans indigenous to the Redwood area, perform a dance for Lady Bird 
  •  A logging demonstration completes the First Lady’s trip to the Redwood forests 
 
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Filmed in 1968, This Is Our Country presents the last national tour undertaken by Lady Bird Johnson while she was First Lady. The trip begins with a naturalization ceremony then the First Lady goes on to visit New Orleans, Louisiana; Denver, Colorado; and Eureka, California. The trip was organized to give Mrs. Johnson a glimpse of some of the achievements of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. The trip included a visit to Launch Complex 39, meeting with members of the Teacher Corps at Xavier University, and visiting the newly established Redwood National Park.
Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor was born in Karnack, Texas on December 22, 1912. Lady Bird, the nickname given by nursemaid Alice Tittle, attended high school in Marshall and junior college at Dallas’ St. Mary’s Episcopal College for Women. In 1933 through 1934, she received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. 
 
Mutual friends introduced Lady Bird to congressional aide and rising political star, Lyndon Baines Johnson. LBJ proposed on the couple’s first date and the two were married a month later on November 17, 1934. Lady Bird financed her husband’s first congressional campaign for Austin’s Tenth District using a portion of her maternal inheritance. During World War II, Lady Bird ran the congressional office while LBJ served in the US Navy.  In 1943, Lady Bird purchased Austin Radio station KTBC. The station proved an integral part of the LBJ Holding Company and became the main source of the Johnson family’s fortune. 
 
LBJ’s political career gained momentum in the post war years, and in 1960, he became Vice President to John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. As first lady, Lady Bird initiated the Society for a More Beautiful National Capitol and worked with the American Association of Nurserymen to promote the planting of wildflowers along highways. In 1964, the first lady traveled through eight southern states aboard her train, “The Lady Bird Special,” to foster support for LBJ’s presidential re-election and the Civil Rights Act. She was influential in promoting the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, referred to as “Lady Bird’s Bill,” and the Head Start program .
 
Following the death of LBJ in 1973, Lady Bird turned her attention to Austin. The Town Lake Beautification Project transformed Austin’s downtown lake, renamed Lady Bird Lake in 2007, into a useable recreation area. On December 22, 1982, Lady Bird and Helen Hays founded the National Wildflower Research Center outside of Austin. The Wildflower Center was established to increase awareness and research for North American flora.  During her lifetime, the former first lady received the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1988. Lady Bird died of natural causes on July 11, 2007, survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, and  ten great-grandchildren. 
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