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Remaking the Democratic Party: Lyndon B. Johnson as a Native-Son Presidential CandidateHanes Walton Jr., Pearl K. Ford Dowe, and Josephine A. V. Allen 2016
Although ridiculed by contemporaries for his apparent lack of control over formal party politics and the national committee, Johnson excelled at leading the Democratic Party's policy agenda. While a senator and as president, Johnson advocated for—and secured—liberal social welfare and civil rights legislation, forcing the party to break with its Southern tradition of elitism, conservatism, and white supremacy. In a way, Johnson set the terms for the continuing partisan battle because, by countering the Democrats' new ideology, the Republican Party also underwent a transformation.