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LBJ: The Presidential Recordings

The online edition of The Presidential Recordings includes hundreds of hours of presidential tapes covering the major issues of the LBJ administration, from the War on Poverty to the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War. Each conversation is fully transcribed and annotated, and accompanied by its audio file, allowing users to hear all of the collections conversations. This multimedia presentation also includes photo and video galleries, a linked timeline, and powerful XML-based searching ability.

The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson Digital Edition is now available for purchase or free trial through the Rotunda web site.

Here are some things scholars are already saying about this digital edition:

“The Johnson tapes become at last usable not only in parts but in their entirety. . . . Every scholar researching this presidency will have to consult these editions. And teachers who want to bring the recent past to life and allow their students to engage history directly will use them. I know I will.”—Allen J. Matusow, Rice University, author of The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

"A spectacular resource. There are a number of good edited collections of the Johnson transcripts, but this effort stands by itself in terms of its comprehensiveness, its organization, and especially its functionality. The audio is exceptionally well done here. One of the best electronic resources I have ever seen."—Mitchell Lerner, Ohio State University, author of Looking Back at LBJ: White House Politics in a New Light

"Recordings have had a tremendous impact on presidential history over the past 15 years or so. The new LBJ material on the Rotunda website is yet another valuable effort to make recordings accessible and easily usable to a broad audience of scholars, students, and the general public. The team of editors is first-rate, and the introductions they have provided to the general collection and the three sub-collections are outstanding. The possibility of reading the transcripts while listening to the recordings will enable students and scholars to make the best possible use of this material, with the highest degree of ease and accuracy."—Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin, coauthor of The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

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