Major Great Society Programs
War on Poverty: forty programs that were intended to eliminate poverty by improving living conditions and enabling people to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty.
Education: sixty separate bills that provided for new and better-equipped classrooms, minority scholarships, and low-interest student loans.
Medicare & Medicaid: guaranteed health care to every American over sixty-five.
The Environment: introduced measures to reclaim our heritage of clean air and water.
National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities: created with the philosophy that artists, performers, and writers were a priceless part of our heritage and deserve support.
Job Corps: provided enabling skills for young men and women.
Head Start: program for four- and five-year-old children from disadvantaged families that gave them a chance to start school on an even basis with other youngsters.
Representative sampling of the laws passed during the Johnson administration to promote the Great Society.
HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES ACT OF 1963 DEC. 16, 1963
PREVENTION & ABATEMENT OF AIR POLLUTION
(THE CLEAN AIR ACT) DEC. 17, 1963
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ACT OF 1963 DEC. 18, 1963
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK ACT JAN. 22,1964
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 JULY 2, 1964
URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 1964 JULY 9, 1964
FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1964 AUG. 13, 1964
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT OF 1964 AUG. 20, 1964
FOOD STAMP ACT OF 1964 AUG. 31, 1964
WILDERNESS ACT SEPT. 3, 1964
NATIONAL ARTS CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1964 SEPT. 3, 1964
MANPOWER ACT OF 1965 APRIL 26, 1965
OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965 JULY 14, 1965
SOCIAL SECURITY AMENDMENTS OF 1965 JULY 30, 1965
VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 AUG. 6, 1965
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1965 AUG. 10, 1965
PUBLIC WORKS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1965 AUG. 26, 1965
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT SEPT. 9, 1965
NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS & THE HUMANITIES
ACT OF 1965 SEPT. 29, 1965
AMENDMENT OF FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION
CONTROL ACT OCT. 2, 1965
AMENDMENT TO THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT OCT. 3, 1965
HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965 NOV. 8, 1965
CHILD NUTRITION ACT OF 1966 OCT. 11, 1966
CHILD PROTECTION ACT OF 1966 NOV. 3, 1966
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH ACT MAY 8, 1968