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Assisted in part by a growing economy, the War on Poverty helped millions of Americans rise above the poverty line during his administration.Civil rights bills that he signed into law banned racial discrimination in public facilities, interstate commerce, the workplace, and housing; the Voting Rights Act prohibited certain requirements in southern states used to disenfranchise African Americans.In 1926, Johnson managed to enroll at SWTSTC (now Texas State University).He worked his way through school, participated in debate and campus politics, and edited the school newspaper, The College Star.
In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted Johnson the power to use military force in Southeast Asia without having to ask for an official declaration of war.
He was maternally descended from pioneer Baptist clergyman George Washington Baines, who pastored eight churches in Texas, as well as others in Arkansas and Louisiana.
Baines, the grandfather of Johnson's mother, was also the president of Baylor University during the American Civil War.
; August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963.
A Democrat from Texas, he also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate.Growing unease with the war stimulated a large, angry antiwar movement based especially on university campuses.