The Great Society by LBJ

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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.

For more resources on teaching this era check out our:

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President Grant, Congress, and the Fifteenth Amendment

President Grant sent a telegram to Congress in March of 1870 announcing the ratification of the 15th amendment, an action he acknowledged was breaking protocol.

He wanted to emphasize the importance of the amendment, as he believed it to be the single greatest action taken since the founding of the nation.

We have included a copy of the telegram, as well questions and answers for students.

For more on this era check out our Reconstruction PowerPoint.

Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 1964

Few American troops had been sent to Vietnam prior to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution had far reaching consequences, not only in Vietnam but for the executive branch since it allowed the president to send troops into combat without an official war declaration.

President Johnson addressed the Congress and we have included a copy of his speech along with questions and answers.

For more on this era please see our US History PowerPoints: Vietnam, Cold War Part I and II; and our World History Modern Era 1945-1970and 1970-2009.

President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech

President Lincoln’s wartime second inaugural address is considered one of the most important speeches in US history. It speaks for itself!

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers for students.

For more on this time period check out our PowerPoints: Causes of the Civil War, The Civil War, and Reconstruction.

President Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

farewell addressPresident George Washington did not seek a third term, which set a precedent followed by presidents well into the 20th century.

In his farewell speech, he addressed the course the new nation ought to pursue in the future, especially regarding foreign relations.

It was published initially in 1796 in David Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser and was republished for many years in newspapers and as a pamphlet and read by many Americans.

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers.

For more information on this topic see our PowerPoint – The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams.

Nixon’s Plan for Energy Crisis, 1973

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Nixon’s Energy Crisis Speech outlines a plan for saving gasoline in response to the energy crisis of 1973:

1. Adjust the amount of fuel produced for consumption

2. Gas stations voluntarily close to conserve fuel, between 9pm Saturday-12am Sunday

3. A nationwide speed limit of 50 miles per hour

4. Reducing the amount of fuel used by airliners with a shorter schedule of flights

5. Reducing the use of electricity in the home, including during the holiday season with decorating lights

6. Reduced quantites of heating oil in the winter for home, commercial and business use

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