After the murder of President J. F. Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in. He immediately embarked on his goal and goal of eradicating poverty in the United States after endorsing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By signing the Economic Opportunity Act adopted in 1964, he founded the Great Society Initiative. With the rule comes the economic development administrative center with the goal of reducing the number of people living below the poverty line. The Native Peace Corps, a career preparation system and a beginner pre-school curriculum that was intended to help students do well in public schools, were also developed in addition to the center. Furthermore, free services have been distributed to deprived neighbourhoods to tackle illiteracy and redundancy. However, the Vietnamese war affected the program negatively because it was very costly and thus strained the economy of the nation.
Everything could have been different if President Lyndon Johnson had adopted the Great Society program because before he ventured into the Vietnamese war, all was going as planned. The program, as well as the war in Vietnam, was straining the economy but to the high taxes imposed to support the war and the program (“The Washington Post”). As the war became more detested, the president lost the capital that would fund the program as planned. Even though the program failed, its impact is still felt until today because some political leaders are fighting on how to bypass the barrier of poverty.
President Lyndon Johnson will go down in history for signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and implementing the New Deal Program that J.F. Kennedy had begun before his assassination (“U.S. History”). The Great Society program had excellent effects on the nation because the percentage of Americans leaving below poverty level dropped from 22 percent to 12 percent.
The Washington Post. “Evaluating the Success of the Great Society.” Washingtonpost.com, 2017, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/great-society-at-50/. Accessed 20 Jul. 2017.
U.S. History. “Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Ushistory.org, 2017, http://www.ushistory.org/us/56e.asp. Accessed 20 Jul. 2017.