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Great Society Legislation

1964

The 24th Amendment banned poll tax in federal elections
Tax Reduction Act
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Urban Mass Transportation Act
Economic Opportunity Act
Wilderness Preservation Act

1965

Elementary and Secondary School Act ($1 billion for public schools and $100 million for purchase of library and textbooks
Medicare
Medicaid
Voting Rights Act which put an end to literacy tests; established voting registrars which could be sent to locales which had a history of denying people the right to vote
Omnibus Housing Act provided $7.5 billion for low-income housing and aid to small businesses displaced by urban renewal
Department of Housing and Urban Development established
National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities
Water Quality Act
Immigration laws revised so that immigration would be based on skills needed instead of ethnicity or nationality.
Air Quality Act created auto emission standards
Higher Education Act which gave increased support to colleges and universities
Affirmative Action established by executive order

1966

National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act Highway Safety Act
Minimum Wage raised and coverage extended
Department of Transportation established
Model Cities program to rehabilitate urban slums
Public Broadcasting System
1968

Truth-in-Lending act