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American History Too!

Recorded History Podcast Network

Pulling back the curtain on all the great debates and controversies of American History.
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We're back!

And we're embarking on a six part series examining 'Lyndon Johnson's America'. Essentially, we're using the life and times of LBJ to examine and explore the United States over which he presided in the tumultuous 1960s.

This episode, however, explores the ascent of Johnson up the political ladder, while simultaneously discussing a host of interesting events and developments between 1936-1963. We discuss the Cold War Consensus, the use of the Atom Bomb, the 'loss of China', the Kennedy-Johnson relationship, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and much more!

In the next episode we'll be talking all about the Civil Rights Movement and the early success of Johnson's presidency. Moreover, as the series goes on, we'll get stuck into the societal and cultural developments that shook America in the 1960s.

Thanks for sticking with us after our hiatus and we'll be back regularly in your podcast feeds with both this series and our new A-Z podcast!

Cheers

Mark and Malcolm

Reading list:

Robert Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson series (Knopf, 4 Books)

Mary Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000)

Paul Thomas Chamberlin, The Cold War's Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2018)

Audra J. Wolfe, Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)

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On Episode 54 we're joined by Grainne McEvoy (@GrainneMcEvoy) for a timely discussion of American immigration policy over the past 150 years.

In particular, we discuss two pieces of legislation that drastically changed the type of immigrants who would arrive in the United States, and thus shaped the face of America as it exists today. We also discuss the idea of the 'Melting Pot', the effect of the Cold War, and the role that the Catholic Church have played in influencing immigration policy.

The clip that begins the episode is Lyndon Johnson's 1965 speech at the Statue of Liberty, where he signed the Immigration and Nationality Act that greatly liberalised US immigration policy.

Thanks again for listening and we'll be back in your feeds before Christmas!

Cheers,

Mark and Malcolm

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