LBJ’s Dream Of A Great Society

Encore: November 20, 2015


After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson stepped in to fill his shoes.

A cornerstone of Johnson’s legacy was the Great Society that he founded to finally create real upward mobility for all Americans. But after 50 years the question remains: was the Great Society a great success or a great failure?

As part of our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America,” we speak with visiting scholar at New York City’s Russell Sage Foundation and professor of public policy at Duke University, William Darity Jr., about one of our nation’s most ambitious anti-poverty programs, LBJ’s Great Society.

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