The Great Society

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The Great Society
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The Great Society is a 200-piece legislation containing unprecedented and bold set of programs spearheaded by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It aims to end poverty, reduce crime, abolish inequality and racial injustice, and improve the environment. The Great Society excelled in the Healthcare department with its programs such as the Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. It also triumphed on the Education reform with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which guaranteed federal funding for education in school districts whose student majority was low-income. The Great Society also provided easier access to home mortgages and a controversial rent-subsidy program for vulnerable Americans who qualified for public housing, and also supported arts and humanities by signing the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act in 1965. It remains the largest social reform plan in modern history.

  • made free food, housing and medical par a core part of the US federal government
  • Also referred to a period of "guns and butter"
    • guns = foreign wars and cold war
    • butter = social programs back in the homeland