Welcome to an exciting journey through the life and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. This project aims to explore the political and historical context of the Johnson presidency, his significant contributions to the nation, and the lasting impact of his policies.
Lyndon B. Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was born on August 27, 1908, in Stonewall, Texas. He was the Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy, and upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963, Johnson assumed office. His presidency, which spanned from 1963 to 1969, was a crucial period in American history, marked by the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Great Society program.
During his presidency, LBJ signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark legislation that outlawed racial segregation in public places, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which aimed to overcome legal barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. He also implemented a series of social welfare programs under the Great Society agenda, with the goal of eliminating poverty and racial injustice.
However, the Vietnam War, which escalated during his presidency, overshadowed many of his domestic achievements, leading to a divided nation and ultimately, Johnson's decision not to seek re-election in 1968.
Understanding the life and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson is not just about learning historical facts, but also about exploring the complexities of governance, the impact of leadership decisions, and the intersection of domestic and international events. These themes continue to resonate in our contemporary society, making the study of LBJ's presidency both relevant and insightful.
We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate through this exciting exploration:
- The White House: Lyndon B. Johnson
- Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
- Caro, Robert A. (1982). "The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power". Vintage; Reprint edition.
- PBS American Experience: LBJ
- The Great Society
By the end of this project, you will not only have a deeper understanding of the life and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson but also have developed essential skills such as critical thinking, research, collaboration, and problem-solving.
Activity Title: "Lyndon B. Johnson: A Journey through the Great Society"
Objective of the Project
The main objective of this project is to deepen your understanding of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and his Great Society program by conducting in-depth research, analyzing primary sources, and presenting your findings in a creative and engaging way. This project will also enhance your teamwork, time management, and problem-solving skills.
Detailed Description of the Project
In this activity, you will work in groups of 3 to 5 students to create a multimedia presentation that explores the Great Society program and its impact on American society during Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency. The multimedia presentation can be in the form of a video documentary, a digital timeline, a podcast, or an interactive website.
Your project should cover the following aspects:
Introduction to LBJ and the Great Society: Provide a brief overview of Lyndon B. Johnson's life and political career, and explain what the Great Society program entailed.
Key Policies and Legislation: Discuss in detail the key policies and legislation of the Great Society, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Impact and Legacy: Analyze the impact of the Great Society program on American society, both during LBJ's presidency and in the years that followed. Discuss its legacy and the ongoing debates about the role of government in social welfare.
The Vietnam War and the Great Society: Explore the challenges and complexities of implementing the Great Society program amidst the Vietnam War. Discuss how the war affected domestic policy and public opinion.
Conclusion: Summarize your findings and reflect on the relevance and impact of the Great Society program in today's society.
- Access to the internet for research
- Books or other resources about Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society program
- A computer or a device with a camera and microphone for creating your multimedia presentation
- Presentation software or tools (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand, Canva, etc.)
Detailed Step-by-Step for Carrying Out the Activity
Step 1: Form Groups and Divide Roles
Form groups of 3 to 5 students. Each group member should have a specific role, such as researcher, writer, editor, designer, or presenter.
Step 2: Research and Planning
Begin by conducting research on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society program, and its key policies and legislation. Use the resources provided and any other credible sources you find. Discuss your findings as a group and create a detailed plan for your multimedia presentation.
Step 3: Creation of Multimedia Presentation
Using your plan as a guide, start creating your multimedia presentation. Make sure to include all the required sections (Introduction, Key Policies and Legislation, Impact and Legacy, The Vietnam War and the Great Society, and Conclusion).
Step 4: Review and Revision
Once your initial draft is complete, review and revise it as a group. Make sure your presentation is engaging, informative, and well-structured.
Step 5: Final Presentation and Written Report
Present your multimedia project to the class. After the presentation, each group must submit a written report detailing the process and outcome of the project.
Multimedia Presentation: The final version of your multimedia presentation.
Written Report: A comprehensive report detailing your project. The report should be structured as follows:
- Introduction: Contextualize the theme, its relevance, real-world application, and the objective of this project.
- Development: Detail the theory behind the project, explain your project in detail, indicate the methodology used, and finally present and discuss your findings.
- Conclusion: Conclude the work by revisiting its main points, stating your learnings, and drawing conclusions about the project.
- Bibliography: Indicate the sources you used to work on the project such as books, web pages, videos, etc.
The written report should complement your multimedia presentation, providing a detailed account of your research, the process of creating the presentation, and the conclusions drawn from your findings. This report should be a culmination of your teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
The total duration of this project is expected to be over twelve hours per student, spread over a month. This time includes research, planning, creation of the multimedia presentation, revision, and writing the report. Remember, this is not just a history project; it's a journey of discovery and learning about leadership, governance, and the complexities of socio-political change.