Harry Middleton jokingly likens the University of Texas class he just wrapped up teaching on Lyndon B. Johnson to Tom Sawyer’s picket fence-whitewashing strategy: He’d get colleagues to stop by and do the heavy lifting for him.
At 91 and sharp as ever, Middleton, the former longtime director of the LBJ Presidential Library, can be forgiven for farming out some of his classroom labor. And after nine years, he’s decided to step away from the class, called simply “The Johnson Years,” which was offered to liberal arts honors students, mostly juniors and seniors. C-SPAN in late April recorded the final session, which Middleton called “Johnson with the bark off.”
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