Larger than life : Lyndon B. Johnson and the right to vote

by Quirk, Anne,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 973.923092 Quirk
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  JUV 973.923092 Quirk
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Juvenile Biography J B Joh
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J B Joh
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B JOHNSON
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B JOHNSON
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 973.923 QUI
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 973.923 QUI

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.

Washington, 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Like his father, who had a seat in the Texas legislature but could barely support his family, Lyndon B. Johnson was politically ambitious. He knew poverty as a child and, as a young adult, taught impoverished Mexican American children, experiences that may have bolstered his belief that government should help those in need while protecting them from injustice. From the Texas legislature, he rose to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, where he mastered the art of intimidating and persuading fellow legislators. He became vice president in 1960 and, after Kennedy's assassination, began his difficult but productive presidency. Illustrated with archival photos, the book offers a lively portrayal of Johnson and his times. While Quirk points out his failures, she also describes his significant successes in passing civil rights, health care, education, and environmental legislation. She particularly focuses on the 1965 Voting Rights Act and explains in an epilogue how a 2013 Supreme Court decision has undermined its effectiveness. Quotes are used effectively throughout the book. An intriguing biography of a complex, colorful president."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Johnson, Lyndon B. -- (Lyndon Baines), -- 1908-1973 -- Juvenile literature.
Johnson, Lyndon B. -- (Lyndon Baines), -- 1908-1973.
United States. -- Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- Juvenile literature.
United States. -- Voting Rights Act of 1965.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History -- 20th century.
Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
Publisher New York, NY :Norton Young Readers,2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Lyndon B. Johnson and the right to vote
Audience Ages 9-12.
Language English
Description 158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-148) and index.
ISBN 9781324015543
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