Daredevil Lyndon Johnson
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Dealing with Civil Rights in the 1960s involved a very difficult political balancing act for Democratic President Lyndon Johnson and others of his party. Many northern Democrats supported federal legislation to deal with the civil rights problem. Many Southern Democrats despised civil rights legislation, but were a key part of the Democratic base. Johnson’s challenge was getting legislation from Congress to the White House without losing the support of an important constituency.
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