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Lyndon B. Johnson, A More Beautiful America, Signed

Inscribed From LBJ to Journalist John Chancellor
Photographs by Ansel Adams


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Lyndon Johnson signs a copy of A More Beautiful America, Inscribed to American journalist John Chancellor.  Ansel Adams created the photographs for this important photographic work.

Often forgotten amidst his civil rights works and the Vietnam buildup, President Johnson was able to get through Congress important environmental legislation, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, the Water Quality Act, and the Highway Beautification Act.

“A More Beautiful America…” is a compilation of quotes from LBJ, accompanied by black and white Ansel Adams photographs of America’s natural beauty, expressing how much conservation and the environment were part of the “Great Society.”

Message on Natural Beauty is Johnson’s February 8, 1965 special message to Congress, marking the first time a President had declared enhancement of natural beauty a national goal. It was also the first time a President warned of the environmental risk of carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels.

A More Beautiful….  has Lt. sun. sp.; lt. scuff. bds.; else v.g.

Messages, is in excellent condition, housed in pocket on inside rear board, as published; in a lt. worn, frayed, and scuffed, but sturdy, slipcase.

“A MORE BEAUTIFUL AMERICA…”: THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS. [Washington]: (1965). Inscribed to newsman John Chancellor and his wife. 1st ed., folio, 47p., ft., illus. Includes MESSAGE ON NATURAL BEAUTY BY PRESIDENT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON. (Washington: 1965). 1st ed., wraps, 8vo, 22p.