American Scene: A Visit to Lyndon Johnson's Birthplace

The man with the black suitcase containing the codes for nuclear war, the Cabinet officers and the generals are gone from Johnson City, Texas, but the man and the land that shaped him remain. The birthplace of Lyndon B. Johnson is now a historical monument, cared for by the Department of the Interior, and open to tourists. TIME's Houston Bureau Chief Leo Janos joined the weekend visitors and sent this report:

THE Pedernales River shimmers under a fiery sun, but runs clear and full in the shade of the live oaks on the L.B.J....

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