JFK, LBJ, and the Democratic Party

By Sean J. Savage

Subjects: Presidency, The, Political Parties, American History
Series: SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues
Paperback : 9780791461709, 464 pages, July 2006
Hardcover : 9780791461693, 464 pages, September 2004

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Table of contents


1. JFK and His Party

2. LBJ and His Party

3. The 1960 Election: Rivals and Allies

4. The Party Politics of Public Policy

5. JFK, LBJ, and the DNC

6. The Politics of Consensus: 1962-1964

7. The Politics of Dissensus: 1966-1968




Selected Bibliography

Photographic Credits


A comprehensive account of JFK’s and LBJ’s leadership of the Democratic Party in the 1960s.


2005 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

JFK, LBJ, and the Democratic Party is a richly detailed, comprehensive, and provocative account of presidential party leadership in the turbulent 1960s. Using many primary sources, including resources from presidential libraries, state and national archival material, public opinion polls, and numerous interviews, Sean J. Savage reveals for the first time the influence of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson on the chairmanship, operations, structure, and finances of the Democratic National Committee. Savage further enriches his account with telephone conversations recently released from the Kennedy and Johnson presidential libraries, along with rare photos of JFK and LBJ.

Sean J. Savage is Associate Professor of Political Science at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame. He is the author of Truman and the Democratic Party and Roosevelt: The Party Leader, 1932–1945.