STATE OF THE UNION ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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On January 4, 1965, in his State of the Union address, President
Lyndon
Baines Johnson
lays out for Congress a laundry list of legislation needed
to achieve his plan for a
Great Society. On the heels of John F. Kennedy’s
tragic death
, Americans had elected Johnson, his vice president, to the
presidency by the largest popular vote in the nation’s history. Johnson
used this mandate to push for improvements he believed would better
Americans’ quality of life.

Following Johnson’s lead, Congress enacted sweeping legislation in the
areas of civil rights, health care, education and the environment. The 1965
State of the Union address heralded the creation of Medicare/Medicaid,
Head Start, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Department of
Housing and Urban Development and the
White House Conference on
Natural Beauty. Johnson also signed the National Foundation of the Arts
and Humanities Act, out of which emerged the National Endowment for
the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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