A Texas Bluebonnet: Lady Bird Johnson

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Nova Publishers, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 101 pages
Christened Claudia Alta Taylor when she was born in a country mansion near Karnack, Texas, she received her nickname "Lady Bird" as a small child; and as Lady Bird she is known and loved throughout America today. Perhaps that name was prophetic, as there has seldom been a First Lady so attuned to nature and the importance of conserving the environment. "Bird" was President Lyndon Johnson's partner, confidante, and helpmate. She helped to keep his Congressional office open during World War II when he volunteered for naval service; and in 1955, when he had a severe heart attack, she helped his staff to keep things running smoothly until he could return to his post as Majority Leader of the Senate. He once remarked that voters "would happily have elected her over me". She created a First Lady's Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, then expanded her program to include the entire nation. She took a highly active part in her husband's war-on-poverty program, especially the Head Start project for pre-school children. This book traces Lady Bird's life in a lively, informative and entertaining manner.
 

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Contents

The Brick House
1
Starting School
4
Endnotes
5
The First Date
7
A Chance Meeting
9
Endnotes
13
The Congresswoman from Texas
15
Congresswoman and Businesswoman Johnson
17
Leaving All Cares Behind
61
It Dont Hurt to Dream
62
A Life of Contrast
63
Campaign 1964 Gets Under Way
64
Untold Good and Trouble
65
All Necessary Means
67
Decision Time
68
A Journey of the Heart
69

Endnotes
18
The Great Adventure
19
The Great Adventure
23
Lady Bird Carried Texas
25
Endnotes
26
Texas Tragedy
35
Entering Camelots Shadow
37
Moving In and Going On
39
Carving Her Niche into the Nation
41
Deeds Not Words
43
The Kennedy Legacy
45
The South has Hitched its Wagon to the Stars
48
The Last Campaign
55
I Cannot Return to the White House
58
Beautifying America
75
Great Adventures
78
Lady Birds Bill
80
Endnotes
84
Searching for a Way Out
85
Guess Who Came to Lunch
87
The Only Way Out
88
The Last Hurrah
89
President of the Ranch
91
On Her Own
92
Endnotes
94
Index
95
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About the author (2006)

David Murphy is an editorial assistant at the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography, specializing in political, military, naval and polar figures. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and other prestigious societies and associations. The author of many papers and journal articles, his latest book is the critically acclaimed Ireland and the Crimean War (Dublin 2002).

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