Revisiting the Great Society

May 20, 2012

Revisiting the Great Society: The Role of Government from FDR and LBJ to Today

Hear John Lewis’ impassioned memories of LBJ’s role in the civil rights struggle, George McGovern and Walter Mondale’s perspectives on how LBJ compromised with Congress versus the current political climate, and Joseph Califano, Jr. on the impact LBJ’s sweeping legislation had on poverty in this country. Creating a society to help those in need, political negotiations, and making Washington work were the themes of a conference in March in New York entitled “Revisiting the Great Society: FDR-LBJ-Today.”

Presented by the LBJ Foundation and The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, the 2-day symposium featured renowned public figures who revisited the Great Society and gave a blueprint for tackling today’s challenges.

Videos from the entire conference or from individual panel discussions, including introductory remarks by Mark Updegrove, LBJ Library Director, are available on YouTube. The panel discussions are:

  • From FDR to LBJ
  • Making Washington Work
  • Civil Rights
  • Health Care
  • Poverty
  • Legislative Achievements

Videos/photos/multimedia resources about the symposium may be found at this website: read more

WNET Channel 13, PBS in New York, aired the fascinating panel discussions on civil rights, health care, and education. Watch the videos.