Analysis of a Great Society Program

The Great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964-65. The main goal was the elimination of poverty and racial injustice.

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1. Identify and discuss at least two Great Society programs dealing with ONE of the following themes:
Health Care
The Arts
Urban development

2. What specific problems were the programs you selected addressing and how did it propose solving the issues?

3. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the programs you selected?

4. Were the programs successful at the time, and have they continued to be successful? Provide both historical and current information to support your position.

5. What reforms could further improve the programs you selected? What are the future prospects of these programs?

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Great Society Program

Great Society programs were initiated by President Johnson to transform the life of Americans. In order to complete his own education, he had taken loans and worked; therefore, he realised the unequal opportunities in the educational system. When he became the President, besides health, education was central to his Great Society Program. He appointed a task force to study the educational system and suggest measures to reform it. Then two programs were...
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