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  •  President Lyndon B. Johnson by a Texas river, possibly on his ranch 
  •  Footage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking about the New Deal in 1933 
  •  Footage of President Harry S. Truman 
  •  Footage of President John F. Kennedy 
  •  LBJ speaks of carrying on the work begun by JFK 
  •  Addressing economic inequality 
  •  LBJ goes to Appalachia to visit with the rural poor 
  •  Scenes from the Head Start program, including Lady Bird Johnson volunteering in classrooms 
  •  The Education Act is passed in 1965 
  •  President Johnson signs the Medicare Bill alongside Truman 
  •  LBJ and civil rights 
  •  An “outpouring” of new legislation from Congress 
  •  President Johnson and Premier Alexei Kosygin meet in New Jersey in an attempt to lessen tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union 
  •  LBJ’s efforts in foreign relations 
  •  The Vietnam War 
  •  A meeting in Manila 
  •  LBJ announces that he will not seek reelection 
 
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The Democratic Faith: The Johnson Years presents an overview of the presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson from start to finish. The film begins by briefly tracing the presidencies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and then moves from the tragedy of Kennedy’s death to President Johnson’s call for the nation to continue the work that Kennedy began. President Johnson’s initiatives, both domestic and foreign, receive attention, with imagery ranging from his trip to Appalachia and his signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to scenes of President Johnson meeting with foreign diplomats. This film is narrated by actor Gregory Peck, whom President Johnson honored in 1969 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born on a hill country farm near Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908, to Samuel Ealy Johnson, a former Texas legislator, and Rebekah Baines Johnson. He attended Southwest Teachers College, now Texas State University, graduating with a degree in history and social science in 1930. LBJ spent one year as principal and teacher in Cotulla, educating impoverished Hispanic elementary school students. LBJ became the secretary to Texas Congressman Richard M. Kleberg in 1931; the four-year position helped him gain influential contacts in Washington. Johnson married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor on November 17, 1934.
 
LBJ acted as Director of the National Youth Administration in Texas from 1935 to 1937. Johnson won his first legislative election in 1937 for the Tenth Congressional District, a position he held for 11 years. He was a firm supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and in 1940 acted as Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee. In 1948, following his service as a Lieutenant Naval Commander during World War II, LBJ ran as the Democratic nominee for Senate. In a cloud of controversy, he narrowly defeated former Texas Governor Coke Stevens and easily beat his Republican opponent in the general election. Before winning his second senate term, LBJ was elected Majority Whip in 1951, became the youngest ever Minority Senate Leader in 1953, and was voted Majority Leader in 1954. Johnson unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 but was selected to be Vice President under 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, and won reelection in 1964. President Johnson passed landmark legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Debate over military efforts in Vietnam intensified in late 1963 when the President stated that the United States would not withdraw from Southeast Asia. Escalation of the war against North Vietnam brought disapproval from Democrats, claiming the efforts were misguided, and from Republicans who criticized the administration for not executing sufficient military vigor. Antiwar protests, urban riots, and racial tension eroded Johnson’s political base by 1967, which further dissolved following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. On March 31, 1968, President Johnson announced that we would not seek a second presidential term.
 
After returning to Texas, Johnson oversaw the construction of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Throughout his political career, LBJ was an influential figure in Texas affairs; his policies brought military bases, crop subsidies, government facilities, and federal jobs to the state. After suffering a massive heart attack, former President Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973. In February of the same year, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in honor of one of the country’s most influential Texans.
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