Larger than life : Lyndon B. Johnson and the right to vote
by Quirk, Anne,
|Format:||Print Book 2021|
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Keenly known for both his triumphs and his failures, Lyndon B. Johnson was one of the most complex and compelling presidents in US history. Anne Quirk's biography alternates between chapters that follow LBJ's childhood in rural Texas learning politics from his parents, his time teaching Mexican American students at a small-town school, and his days in Congress as majority leader and as vice president; and chapters that cover his work alongside civil rights leaders and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. An epilogue discusses the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling that struck down key portions of the act.
With engaging storytelling, Quirk paints a rich portrait of Johnson's presidency, celebrating the accomplishments of his Great Society programs while refusing to shy away from his catastrophic decisions regarding Vietnam and the summer riots of 1967. Larger Than Life presents striking parallels to today's political arena: an outsize character presiding over a divided nation--but to different ends.
ContentsWashington, D.C., March 15, 1965
Stonewall, Texas, August 27, 1908
Cotulla, Texas, 1927
Winder, Georgia, March 15, 1965
Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965
Washington, DC, December 1931
Austin, Texas, February 28, 1937
Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963
The White House, Washington, DC, March 13, 1965
Washington, DC, August 6, 1965
Vietnam and Washington, 1955-1968
Austin, Texas, December 12, 1972
Supreme Court of the United States, 2013.