How LBJ's 'Great Society' Came To Be

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President Johnson on his 1964 poverty tour.

Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society  (Penguin Press, 2015), discusses the many forces that came together fifty years ago to shape Medicare and Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the War on Poverty and more -- the legislation that President Johnson labeled the "Great Society."