About the Show
Remembered only as the president who took America deeper into a war it could not win, many have forgotten that Lyndon Baines Johnson was the man who championed the Civil Rights acts of 1964 and 1965, two laws that changed America and possibly the world. Some 50 years later, this documentary has access to secret White House recordings that show how LBJ took on the legacy of John F Kennedy after he was killed in Dallas. To many he was one to twist arms in order to get his way and, at a glance, shared all the bigotry and hatred of his fellow southern senators. But his actions, along with the telephone conversations that he secretly taped, tell a different story. Eyewitness accounts from those who were closest to LBJ reveal how he worked relentlessly with Martin Luther King and how, over the next 18 months, they worked together to transform America.