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It Happened at Michigan — LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ Speech at U-M

May 20, 2024

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Presented by The Record

“I have come today from the turmoil of your capital to the tranquility of your campus to speak about the future of your country.” The significance of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” speech at the U-M Class of 1964 commencement ceremony cannot be overlooked. The Great Society was going to be the largest expansion of the welfare state since the New Deal, John F. Kennedy’s assassination was still fresh in the public’s minds, and it was also the first time a sitting president had ever visited the U-M campus. Read more about the historic moment in this article from The Record.

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