Lyndon Baines Johnson And The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

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Jaquelyn Hernandez 2nd/3rd Politics or Principle? Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in 1908 in central Texas. At the age of twenty he taught at a fifth, sixth, and seventh grade segregated Mexican-American school in Cotulla, Texas. His career began in teaching but in 1931 Johnson began a political one. Johnson held a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for eleven years. He was elected in 1937 representing his home state Texas. Johnson was also a lieutenant commander in World War II. He was in the South Pacific when President Roosevelt called him back. In 1948, Johnson was elected to two six-year terms in the Senate. He aimed for presidency in 1960 but lost to the John F. Kennedy. Kennedy chose him as his vice president. J.F.K. was assassinated three years later. L.B.J became president and continued Kennedy’s fight for civil rights. On July 2,1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed by L.B.J. The bill expanded voting rights, strengthened equal employment rights, and also allowed all Americans to use public facilities (Politics or Principle 405). Some people say he did it because of his personal beliefs for civil rights. Others say it was a strategic move in order to win the upcoming presidential election. Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for political reasons because his past beliefs were different, he cared about public opinion, and he wasn’t sincere. More and more people were turning for civil rights. When Johnson attempted to run for

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