LBJ: American Experience

LBJ: American Experience

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 8:00pm

Lyndon B. Johnson

Credit: Courtesy of Yoichi R. Okamoto/The LBJ Library

Revisit the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson who used his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs only to have his visions of a Great Society swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam.

He was one of the most astute, perplexing and larger-than-life figures in modern American history. An accidental president, Lyndon Baines Johnson set out to make his mark by pushing through unprecedented social legislation of a scale that rivaled FDR's New Deal. Bombastic and deeply emotional, Johnson's vision was shattered by the increasing debacle of the Vietnam War, and his presidency began to unravel. American Experience: LBJ airs Wednesday, August 10 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.