Primary Source Worksheet: Lyndon B. Johnson, Excerpt from “The Great Society”

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Young historians examine Lyndon Johnson's vision for a rich, powerful, and upward society as detailed in this excerpt from his famous "Great Society" speech presented at the University of Michigan in 1964.

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Instructional Ideas

  • After a close reading of the excerpt of "The Great Society" speech, and a discussion of the rhetorical devices Johnson employs, have class members watch, and respond, to a video of the speech
  • Ask class members to examine other speeches made by Johnson and then characterize his political views
  • Ask groups to consider whether the goals Johnson envisioned have been achieved
Pros

  • Links to video versions of the speech are included
  • Text-based and analysis questions, as well as a list of activities that ask readers to make personal connections to the speech, are included
Cons

  • None