Lyndon B. Johnson


What programs were key components of the Great Society?

The Great Society covered various areas of life, including education, health, civil rights, internal improvements, labor, and culture. Johnson’s plan included the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which provided health care for the elderly and poor. It also included the creation of the Job Corps, which provided educational and occupational opportunities for troubled youth. One famous recipient of the Job Corps program was a young man from Texas named George Foreman, who later became a two-time world heavyweight boxing champion. With respect to culture, the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities was created and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was formed.


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