Johnson is ranked favorably by many historians because of his domestic policies and the passage of many major laws that affected civil rights, gun control, wilderness preservation, and Social Security.He also drew substantial criticism for his handling of the Vietnam War.Nixon was elected to succeed him, as the New Deal coalition that had dominated presidential politics for 36 years collapsed.
In school, Johnson was an awkward, talkative youth and was elected president of his 11th-grade class.
He graduated in 1924 from Johnson City High School, where he participated in public speaking, debate, and baseball.
The following year, Johnson won a landslide in 1964, defeating Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
In domestic policy, Johnson designed the "Great Society" legislation by expanding civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the arts, urban and rural development, public services, and his "War on Poverty".
He won election to the Senate in 1948, and was appointed the position of Senate Majority Whip in 1951.
He became the Senate Minority Leader in 1953 and the Senate Majority Leader in 1955.He was maternally descended from pioneer Baptist clergyman George Washington Baines, who pastored eight churches in Texas, as well as others in Arkansas and Louisiana.Baines, the grandfather of Johnson's mother, was also the president of Baylor University during the American Civil War.Growing unease with the war stimulated a large, angry antiwar movement based especially on university campuses.Johnson faced further troubles when summer riots broke out in most major cities after 1965, and crime rates soared, as his opponents raised demands for "law and order" policies.He left the school just weeks after his arrival, and decided to move to Southern California.