Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream Topics for Discussion

Doris Kearns Goodwin
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The author takes the position that Johnson's relationship with his mother was Oedipal. What is the "Oedipus Complex" and what specific examples from the text support the author's view?

One of Johnson's manipulative skills was to take a relatively unimportant position and to broaden its scope of power and influence until it became a vantage point for control. Discuss this pattern, using at least three specific examples from the text.

Different qualities may be required for leadership in Congress and for the national leadership role of the presidency. What specific qualities of Johnson contributed to his successful rise to power in the Senate but became detriments in his presidency?

Johnson himself compared his Great Society programs to those of Roosevelt's "New Deal". In fact, Johnson seemed to see himself as the new, more modern FDR. Why was FDR able to achieve ultimate success in...

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