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Author Zelizer, Julian E., author.

Title The fierce urgency of now : Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the battle for the Great Society / Julian E. Zelizer.

Published New York Penguin Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.923 ZELI    AVAILABLE
Physical description 370 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The challenges of a liberal presidency -- Deadlocked democracy -- New president, same old Congress -- Legislating civil rights -- How Barry Goldwater built the Great Society -- The fabulous Eighty-Ninth Congress -- Congressional conservatism revived -- The triumph of austerity politics -- The endurance of the Great Society.
Summary "Zelizer takes the full measure of the entire story [of Johnson's liberal agenda] in all its epic sweep. Before Johnson, Kennedy tried and failed to achieve many of these advances. Our practiced understanding is that this was an unprecedented liberal hour in America, a moment, after Kennedy's death, when the seas parted and Johnson could simply stroll through to victory. As Zelizer shows, this view is off-base: in many respects America was even more conservative than it seems now, and Johnson's legislative program faced bitter resistance"
Subject Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
United States -- Economic policy -- 1961-1971.
United States -- Social policy -- 1961-1971.
ISBN 9781594204340
Standard Number 40024473321