Primary Source Worksheet: Lyndon B. Johnson, Excerpt from “The American Promise”

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"I want to be the president who educated young people to the wonders of their world." Readers examine the vision Lyndon B. Johnson presented for his presidency in this excerpt from his "The American promise" message delivered to Congress in 1965.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to watching the video of the speech, ask groups to identify the rhetorical devices Johnson employs
  • Watch excerpts from other speeches and ask viewers to characterize not only Johnson's style of delivery, but also his political views
  • Ask groups to evaluate Johnson's legacy against the vision presented in this speech
Pros

  • A link to the video recording of the speech is provided
  • The worksheet includes text-based, interpretative, and evaluative questions
  • A list of related activities is also included
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