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By Michael A. Cohen

ISBN-10: 019977756X

ISBN-13: 9780199777563

"In his presidential inaugural handle of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson provided an uplifting imaginative and prescient for the US, one who could finish poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and strengthened through the so-called liberal consensus, fiscal prosperity, and a powerful wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson introduced the main ambitious Read more...

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35 Democrats, fearful of alienating black voters, frequently sought to minimize the issue. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach compared the chances of being “raped by a stranger” to being “hit by lightning,” which, while perhaps 30 ■ BEFORE statistically accurate, missed the point, particularly since half of female urban residents said they were afraid to walk in their neighborhoods at night. Democrats found themselves caught between two seemingly incompatible and implacable forces—the desire for social justice and the desire for social order and safety.

It is sort of a breakdown of our standards, the American way of life,” said one woman. There was seemingly no escape—even in Millersburg—from these worrying national trends. ”16 The anger and apprehension in Millersburg could be felt across America. Among black Americans resentment about promises unfulfilled was strong. “ A L o t t a P e o p l e . . A i n ’ t G o n n a P u t U p w i t h I t M u c h L o n g e r ” ■ 2 3 The stifling constraints of 1950s and early 1960s American culture bred rebellion, which drove the beats, then the hippies, and later the larger counterculture.

The economic anxiety that had defined America in the 1930s and 1940s felt increasingly like a relic of the past. Holding this new era of startling growth and broad social opportunity together was the federal government and its involvement in a wide array of public initiatives, from building new highways and mass transit systems and supporting the growth of suburbs with subsidized housing, to bolstering and protecting American industry, and above all to maintaining and even strengthening the social welfare programs created during FDR’s New Deal.

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