LBJ speechwriter Richard Goodwin's first draft of the 'Great Society' speech
In the spring of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked his new speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin to write a big speech, one that would summarize the president’s grand plan for the country. A phrase that Goodwin had used in an earlier address—“Great Society”—had caught the president’s ear. This is Goodwin’s first draft of what would become known as the Great Society speech. The final product was delivered on May 22, 1964, at the University of Michigan’s commencement. Read the related story.
SOURCE: Richard Goodwin.