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Lyndon Johnson Inaugural Address Highlights: 6 Quotes From Speech

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President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his Inaugural Address, 1965. (wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 04:19 PM

Lyndon Johnson became the 36th president of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, then soundly defeated Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election. On Jan. 20, 1965, Johnson delivered his only inauguration speech to the people of the United States.

His service is noteworthy for his role in escalating America's involvement in the Vietnam War and for furthering the civil rights movement with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

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Here are six highlights of his inauguration speech:

1. "Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying, 'His color is not mine,' or 'His beliefs are strange and different,' in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this nation."

2. "We are one nation and one people. Our fate as a nation and our future as a people rest not upon one citizen, but upon all citizens. This is the majesty and the meaning of this moment."

3. "Ours is a time of change — rapid and fantastic change — bearing the secrets of nature, multiplying the nations, placing in uncertain hands new weapons for mastery and destruction, shaking old values and uprooting old ways. Our destiny in the midst of change will rest on the unchanged character of our people and on their faith."

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4. "In a land of great wealth, families must not live in hopeless poverty. In a land rich in harvest, children just must not go hungry. In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die untended. In a great land of learning and scholars, young people must be taught to read and write."

5. "Change has brought new meaning to that old mission. We can never again stand aside, prideful in isolation. Terrific dangers and troubles that we once called "foreign" now constantly live among us. If American lives must end, and American treasure be spilled, in countries that we barely know, then that is the price that change has demanded of conviction and of our enduring covenant."

6. For we are a nation of believers. Underneath the clamor of building and the rush of our day's pursuits, we are believers in justice and liberty and in our own union. We believe that every man must someday be free. And we believe in ourselves. And that is the mistake that our enemies have always made. In my lifetime, in depression and in war they have awaited our defeat. Each time, from the secret places of the American heart, came forth the faith that they could not see or that they could not even imagine. And it brought us victory. And it will again."

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Lyndon Johnson became the 36th president of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, then soundly defeated Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election. On Jan. 20, 1965, Johnson delivered his only inauguration speech to the people of the United States.
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