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Johnson, Lyndon Administration

The presidential administration of Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–69) is most remembered for the sweeping domestic reforms under its Great Society Program and the continual struggle presented by the war in Vietnam. The Great Society initiative was announced by Johnson in a speech given at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on May 22, 1964, in which he set out his plan to establish a series of working groups to hold conferences “on the cities, on natural beauty, on the quality of education, and on other emerging challenges.” Soon after, task forces were established to study virtually every aspect of the American society and to come up with domestic policy to address problem areas. Among these was the Task Force on Pollution of the Environment.

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