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The Great Society: Speech By President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society speech was delivered exactly six months after he assumed the office, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Johnson gave the Commencement Address at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kennedy had originally been invited to speak.

The speech came to be seen as a major statement of Johnson’s domestic policy ambitions. [Read more…]