‘Was there a call for a Reagan revolution (or what happened to the Great Society)?’ charts Ronald Reagan's journey to the White House. In the 1960s 40 million Americans lived below the poverty line. Lyndon Johnson promised a government solution, and a ‘Great Society’. This idea — and his presidency — was destroyed by Vietnam, but his successor, Richard Nixon, famously fared no better. Economic, social, and Soviet woes continued to worsen under Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, the latter in particular being heavily criticized. Reagan's victory was due less to his conservative policies, and more to Carter's epic failings in office.