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Paul Chang The Great Society Shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, new the new President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) passed a series of acts in an effort to eliminate poverty, racial injustice, and create a society in which nobody lacks anything. Commonly called the Great Society, the passing of these acts has been one of the most significant sets of acts created by any one President. It has been commonly referred to as similar to FDR's New Deal, but Lyndon Baines Johnson's Great Society was not everything that the New Deal should have been. The New Deal was created to get America out of the Depression, whereas the Great Society was made to improve upon a society that was already getting better. In addition, Johnson's Great Society lacked the public support and popularity of the New Deal due to its inability to implement theoretical ideas into a realistic society, and its slight irrelevancy towards poverty. ...read more.


Americans were already becoming more affluent, and so the War on Poverty ultimately had a minimal affect on the majority of American citizens, as most of them were already middle-upper class citizens. Although the War on Poverty was only a minimal success, the Civil Rights Acts were deemed extremely successful. Easily the strongest Civil Rights Act ever created was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 disallowed job discrimination or segregation of public facilities. As a result, it almost single-handedly destroyed segregation in America. Blacks were now free to sit anywhere they wanted to on a bus, eat at any restaurant, and in a sense, use every public facility that a White could use. (Above, Great Society). A year later in 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This destroyed any voting ban that was created in order to keep Blacks out of voting booths. ...read more.


Although the funding was to be used for educational purposes, much of the secondary schools couldn't prove their use of the money was used for education however, as the money was often used to pay for public utilities, and other things. Thus, although the educational Acts gave underprivileged students opportunities for a better education, some of the money used for funding was used for wrong purposes, thus dulling the potential impact that these Acts could have made. Because of the lackluster support and enthusiasm displayed by the American Public in regards toward President Lyndon Baines Johnson's Great Society, the Great Society did not live up to its potential of greatly improving society. In addition, despite the Great Society's theoretical soundness, a realistic society greatly dulled the impact the Great Society. Thus, although the Great Society was similar to the New Deal, the New Deal was effective in accomplishing its purpose, whereas the Great Society did not. The Great Society's War on Poverty was slightly irrelevant, and despite its similarities with the New Deal, the Great Society was largely different. Not only in accomplishments, but also in purpose. ...read more.

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