President Johnson and others in the 1960s hoped to end poverty and racial injustice through a series of programs known as “The Great Society”.
In one of LBJ’s first speeches about the program at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964 he outlines some of the major goals.
We have included an excerpted copy of the speech along with questions and answers. It is an accessible speech for students of all reading levels, which makes it a great primary source document lesson.
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