Was there ever a political figure who fit the description of “larger than life” better than Lyndon Baines Johnson?
The director of the Lyndon Johnson Library and Museum, Mark Updegrove, in Austin talks with Texas Tribune editor in chief Evan Smith about the man whose life story he administers. “Overheard With Evan Smith” can be heard on KACV (Thursdays at 8 p.m.).
It gives an insight into the complex man who became the nation’s 36th president. He lifted the country out of its grief after the assassination in Dallas of President John F. Kennedy. Johnson then launched one of the most ambitious legislative campaigns in history.
On his watch, the nation created its Great Society, with its massive social program expansion. LBJ was able to sign into law the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing all the rights of citizenship to every American. And of course, no discussion of Johnson is complete without mentioning the Vietnam War and its escalation during the Johnson administration, which lasted from November 1963 until January 1969.
The LBJ Museum and Library chronicles the life and times of this amazing political figure, who died Jan. 22, 1973.
Have a listen online. There’s much to learn about this true Texas political legend.