Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism
Second Edition   ©2007

Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism

A Brief Biography with Documents

Bruce J. Schulman (Boston University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-41633-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-41633-1; Format: Paper Text, 320 pages

Whether admired or reviled, Lyndon B. Johnson and his tumultuous administration embodied the principles and contradictions of his era. Taking advantage of newly released evidence, this second edition incorporates a selection of fresh documents, including transcripts of Johnson's phone conversations and conservative reactions to his leadership, to examine the issues and controversies that grew out of Johnson's presidency and have renewed importance today. The voices of Johnson, his aides, his opponents, and his interpreters address the topics of affirmative action, the United States' role in world affairs, civil rights, Vietnam, the Great Society, and the fate of liberal reform. Additional photographs of Johnson in action complement Bruce J. Schulman's rich biographical narrative, and a chronology, an updated bibliographical essay, and new questions for consideration provide pedagogical support.
“I’m a great fan of this book — and have seen how effective it is in the classroom. How much we can learn about mid-twentieth-century America and American liberalism throughout the twentieth century from this short, well-paced, well-told story of LBJ and liberalism amazes and impresses me. My students loved learning from it; I loved teaching from it.”
— Gil Troy
McGill University