GOV 379S • The Johnson Years - HON
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. The years of Lyndon Johnsons Presidency were a critical time in the history of the United States, a time of both great accomplishments and serious divisions when triumph and tragedy walked in lock step. The 29 sessions of this course will cover the legislative activity that formed the basis of Johnsons Great Society and also review the ever-widening decisions that lead to the trauma of Vietnam. Four classes will look at activities inside the White House, with guests who were part of the Johnson experience. Three other classes will also hear invited guests who are experts in their fields. The students will be introduced to the process of research. In two sessions at the LBJ Library, Library archivists will describe the materials available on various subjects, and students will then select the topics they will research. Students will have several weeks to conduct their research and write their papers. Those papers will serve as the courses only exam.
LBJ: The White House Years, by Harry Middleton; Johnsons: first address to Congress, Great Society speech, We Shall Overcome speech, memoir; The Ship Sails On, a speech by Joseph Califano, Jr.; In Retrospect, by Robert S. McNamara; Vietnam and Southeast Asia, from Concept and Controversy, by W.W. Rostow; The War in Vietnam, by George Herring, a chapter in Exploring the Johnson Years