Introduction: Deep in the heart of Lyndon -- The Texas they knew -- The National Youth Administration, the state director, and the state senator -- Flood control, federalism, and a Ford dealer -- Beyond Sandtown -- Conclusion: Other vantage points.
LBJ and Grassroots Federalism: Congressman Bob Poage, Race, and Change in Texas reveals the local ramifications of federal policy. Three case studies in the rising career of Lyndon B. Johnson show this in action: LBJ''s formative experience as a New Dealer directing the National Youth Administration (NYA) in Texas; his key role as senate majority leader in breaking the deadlock to secure funds for the Lake Waco dam project; and the cumulative effect of his Great Society policies on urban renewal and educational reform among the Mexican American community in Waco. In each of these initiatives, B.
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