The New Frontier and the Great Society
Lecture no. 74 from the course: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Gary W. Gallagher and 2 others | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
President John F. Kennedy brought charisma to the White House in 1961. His escalation of the Cold War, apparent in the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis, and expansion of the American role in Vietnam, was offset by a new concern for legislating on behalf of the poor and minorities. After his assassination in November 1963 his successor, Lyndon Johnson, pursued antipoverty, antidiscrimination legislation and further expanded the federal government.