The Great Society

The Great Society

Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicare and Medicaid at 40

Compiled to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, this site offers three documentaries, a collection of oral histories (including both transcripts and video) with leading figures in the history of the program, links to a special issue of the journal Health Affairs, featuring articles by former program administrators, and video of the 2005 anniversary conference. Also included are detailed timelines of key developments in the history of Medicare and Medicaid and collection of statistics on the programs.

Social Security Online

This is one of the best online social policy history resources in existence as it contains a detailed documentary record of the origins and development of the Social Security Administration, including the Social Security Amendments of 1965 that created Medicare. Materials related to Medicare include full text of the legislation, final House and Senate votes (by member), photos, audio, and video of the signing ceremony (featuring Presidents Truman and Johnson), documents from the ceremony, and historical analyses of the legislation by Peter Corning and Theodore Marmor.

Celebrating VISTA: 50 Years

This site celebrates 50 years of the Volunteers in Service to to America program. Created under Title VI of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, VISTA places volunteers in rural and urban communities to work with state and local governments and community groups to reduce poverty and address social problems. The site also contains a historical summary of VISTA and a gallery of original photographs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 35th Anniversary Website 

Maintained by the EEOC, this site includes a detailed historical narrative of the EEOC, links to key documents and legislation, photographs, and oral history interviews with EEOC personnel. The EEOC home page includes detailed information about the commission's current operations.

EEOC at 50

This website commemorates the EEOC's 50th anniversary, featuring the commission's historical milestones, its legal foundation and historical development, and a multimedia gallery.

LBJ Archives

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, part of a system of presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, preserves and makes available for research the papers and memorabilia of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In addition, the Library actively collects the papers of Johnson's contemporaries and conducts an oral history program designed to supplement the written record. Many of these primary sources are available online.