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        The Presidents - Biography: 36. Lyndon B. Johnson

        Lyndon Johnson was the first president to appoint an African American to the Supreme Court. On June 13, 1967, Johnson named Thurgood Marshall, the great-grandson of a slave, to sit on the highest court in the land. While his Great Society was swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson exploited his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs through Congress, rivaling those of FDR's New Deal. Learn more with this biography from American Experience: "The Presidents."

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