Tom Paxton – Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation

Lyndon B. Johnson was the 37th US President, serving from 1963-1969. He assumed the position following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. This 1965 song from folkie Tom Paxton cites a broken promise by “LBJ,” who escalated US involvement in Vietnam despite likely suggesting otherwise. This turnaround was said to have divided the Democrats, the president’s party, and helped contribute to his Republican successor, Richard Nixon, winning in 1969. Culturally, too, the anti-Vietnam war movement arose along with the broad anti-establishment outlook of many young adults of this era.

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