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March 31, 1968

Lyndon Baines Johnson"Address to the Nation"

· Conclusion

· Afterward

· Lyndon B. Johnson's reaction

· A Struggling Nation

· Introduction


- “dangers of battle” (l2)- “conflicts” (l3)- “wars” (l3)- “destruction” (l4)- “sacrifices” (l8)- “battlefield” (l9)- “powerful weapons” (l24)- "tragedy" (l41)

A Struggling Nation

“to guard against divisiveness”l39

“There is division in the American house now.There is divisiveness among us all tonight.”l35-36

* Inner divisions

A Struggling Nation;

“And in these times as in times before it, it is true that a house divided against itself by the spirit of faction, of region, of religion, of race, is a house that cannot stand.”l33-34

l4 + l5 l9 l10

* the Vietnam war

A Struggling Nation;

“I believe”, “I hope”, “I pray”


* The President's struggle

A Struggling Nation;

“the duties of the office fell upon me.I asked then for your help and God’s”

Johnson's United States Senate portrait in the 1950s

“For 37 years, in the service of our Nation, first as a Congressman, as a Senator, and as Vice President, and now as your President, I have put the unity of the people first, I have put it ahead of any divisive partisanship”

Lyndon Baines Johnson's reaction;

“The ultimate strength of our country and our cause will not lie in powerful weapons or infinite resources or boundless wealth, but will lie in the unity of our people” (l 24-25)

Martin Luther King's assassination, April 4, 1968


Civil Rights Acts, April 11, 1968

- a lot of tensions within the country and its people- low approval rating- tried hard to keep his people united and wanted peace



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How is this speech illustrating the difficulties of being President at that time?