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  • Gregory
    http://realserver.cstl.semo.edu/ramgen/Harte/LBJShow.rm The video shows excerpts from two of LBJ s speeches. The first was his message to Congress following
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      The video shows excerpts from two of LBJ's speeches. The first was
      his message to Congress following the JFK assassination and the
      second his Voting Rights Act Speech. Sorenson worked on the first
      one; Richard Goodwin was chiefly responsible for the second one. The
      Voting Rights Act speech is often cited as Johnson's best speech. As
      has been noted, LBJ was adept at one-to-one persuasion, but not a
      particularly good public speaker. (This is ironic considering he was
      one of only two former speech teachers to serve as president. Anyone
      know the other one?) Nonetheless, these two speeches are highly
      effective.

      Other important speeches of LBJ would include his "War on Poverty"
      State of the Union Address on Jan. 8, 1964; the "Great Society"
      speech given at the University of Michigan commencement on May 22,
      1964; and his pronouncements on Vietnam, such as a TV address on the
      Gulf of Tonkin in August of 1964, his speech at Johns Hopkins
      University in April of 1965, and his "Nervous Nellies" speech at a
      Democratic Party dinner in Chicago in May of 1966.
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