ABSTRACT

Lyndon Baines Johnson became the thirty-seventh vice president of the United States (US). Johnson's record in Congress supports an affirmative answer to the eternal question of whether money is the root of all evil. In November 1964, negative views of Barry Goldwater and support for the man continuing the legacy of John F. Kennedy gave Lyndon Johnson one of the biggest election victories in American history. For African Americans, Johnson's most important accomplishment was passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 demanded the kind of moral and legislative leadership genius that, at his best, Lyndon Baines Johnson gave to the US. As in the past, the US Senate was likely to be the graveyard of any attempts to enact civil rights legislation. However, in 1957, a strong bill originally proposed by President Eisenhower had passed the House of Representatives by a better than two-to-one margin.