Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973)

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Garth E. Pauley

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Johnson, Lyndon B. President Johnson’s Voting Rights Address. March 15, 1965. WHCA 269/70. Audio Collection. Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. [=A]
—. Reading Copy. Special Message to the Congress. March 15, 1965. Statements of LBJ. Box 141. Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. [=B]

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Classification

15 March 1965
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.


Johnson, Lyndon B.
African Americans–Suffrage
Voter registration–United States



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Gaines, Robert N.

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