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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Presidents: LBJ (Part 1)
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10/20/2008
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President Lyndon Johnson is examined.

 


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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

LBJ

Aired Monday, October 20, at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV

The arc of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s life is a version of the American dream: the poor boy from the backwaters of the Texas hill country who ascended to the very pinnacle of power — only to see his presidency undermined by the conflict in Vietnam, a war he supported and expanded but never understood. One of the most perplexing, astute and larger-than-life politicians in modern American history, LBJ set out to “out-Kennedy the Kennedys” by pushing through historic social legislation on a scale that rivaled FDR. Big, brash, intimidating and driven by an all-consuming ambition, Johnson dominated people and institutions. Learn more...

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