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Huey P. Long
Southern Demagogue or American Democrat?

Henry C. Dethloff
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BOOK SUMMARY
A look at one of the most flamboyant and colorful political figures in American history.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
1976 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Huey P. Long's birth. Long, perhaps the most famous and flamboyant personality in Louisiana's colorful history, changed forever the course of the state's political development.

Born in 1893 on a pine-hill farm near Winnfield, Louisiana, Huey's abilities matched his lofty political aspirations. After briefly attending Tulane Law School shortly before World War I, Long entered the legal profession first at Winnfield and later at Shreveport. He became a member of the Louisiana Railroad Commission in 1918 and used his influence in that position to extend utility services, to lower telephone rates, and to mount a personal crusade against Standard Oil Company, which he accused of monopolizing the state's oil pipe lines. Long used his position on the Railroad Commission as a stepping-stone to more important offices. In 1924, he ran unsuccessfully for governor, but, four years later, Long mounted a successful gubernatorial campaign.

As governor, Long, popularly known as the "Kingfish," tended to emphasize concrete reforms and to ignore ideology. He sought more and better schools, better roads, expanded utilities and public services. To achieve these goals, the man from Winnfield employed patronage, coercion, money, threats, legal loopholes, and a continuous popular mandate.

This popularity projected Huey Long into the United States Senate in 1930. As Senator, Long attained national notoriety for his radical Share-Our-Wealth program and for his continuing, almost dictatorial domination of Louisiana's state politics. His continuing interference with state politics proved his undoing, leading directly to his assassination in September 1935.

This work, an anthology of writings by and about Huey P. Long, affords the general reader perhaps the best introduction to the Kingfish's life, influence, and ideas.

No. 8 in The U.S.L. History Series

BOOK EXCERPTS
CONTENTS

I. HUEY LONG AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

HUEY P. LONG
Every Man a King

HUEY P. LONG
America's Crisis

HUEY P. LONG
Louisiana's Accomplishments

HUEY P. LONG
Share Our Wealth

HUEY P. LONG
My First Days in the White House

JOHN KINGSTON FINERAN
A Tinpot Napoleon

HARVEY G. FIELDS
A New Order versus an Old System

II. HUEY LONG AND THE HISTORIANS

V. O. KEY, JR.
Louisiana: The Seamy Side of Democracy

T. HARRY WILLIAMS
The Gentleman from Louisiana: Demagogue or Democrat?

ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR.
Messiah of the Rednecks

DONALD R. McCoy
God's Angry Men

ALLAN P. SINDLER
One Man Wore the Crown

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ISBN: ZZ163
Copyright: 1976
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 115



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