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The Resource Earl K. Long: the formative years, 1895-1940, by James Paul Leslie, (electronic resource)

Earl K. Long: the formative years, 1895-1940, by James Paul Leslie, (electronic resource)

Label
Earl K. Long: the formative years, 1895-1940
Title
Earl K. Long: the formative years, 1895-1940
Statement of responsibility
by James Paul Leslie
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Earl Kemp Long (1895-1960) greatly influenced Louisiana politics during a twenty-five-year period, first as lieutenant-governor (1936-1939) and then as a three-term-governor (1939-1940, 1948-1952, 1956-1960). He was so controversial that popular commentaries upon his career have tended to emphasize his actions to the exclusion of the rationale that prompted them. But this study shows that a multitude of experiences shaped his political consciousness. The study confines itself to the years before 1941 when Long defined and shaped his political philosophy and gained the experience that allowed him to be at the forefront of Louisiana politics. Because Earl Long's personal papers were destroyed after his death, the author relied heavily upon a close reading of the governor's own words as found in newspapers, campaign circulars, magazine articles, and the manuscripts of his contemporaries in the archives of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Supplementary information was also obtained by the author from extensive interviews with Long's relatives, friends, enemies, and associates. The central figure in Earl Long's lengthy career was his older brother Huey whose 1928 gubernatorial election brought on revolutionary changes in Louisiana politics and allowed the rural poor white to gain political strength and benefits. The upheaval had enough momentum to continue long after Huey's assassination. Under Huey's leadership from 1928 to 1935, Louisiana at last entered the twentieth century. At his death Huey left the Louisiana electorate mobilized along identifiable lines, but it was under Earl that Longism became stabilized. Over the years he effectively articulated the needs of the masses. More than any other factor, Earl reinforced Longism as an on-going force for reform in Louisiana politics. Like Huey, he vigorously promoted social welfare legislation, often arguing that "...the fortunate should assist the unfortunate, the strong should assist the weak, the rich should help the poor...." He was particularly close to Huey and gave up a successful sales career to assist with Huey's campaigning in the 1920's; after the 1928 statewide election, Earl joined Huey's administration and worked primarily as a "head-to-head" negotiator, obtaining support for the administration from legislators and courthouse leaders. The most exacerbating demand on his abilities came in 1929 when he worked as hard as Huey to prevent conviction when anti-Longs instituted impeachment proceedings against his brother. Later success temporarily blunted Earl's judgment, causing him to bolt Huey's organization to initiate an independent political career of his own. But the two soon reconciled their differences. Huey's assassination did not thrust Earl in the forefront as Longism's legitimate heir; other lieutenants rose to power, but the Long organization soon endorsed Earl as its candidate for lieutenant-governor. Easily elected in 1936, Earl extended his own base of support, avoided direct conflict with members of the faction, and began to plan for the 1940 primary when he hoped to win the governorship. The political climate, however, changed suddenly in June, 1939, when Governor Richard Leche resigned amid allegations of graft and corruption. In the next eleven months, Earl, as governor, attempted to run a gubernatorial campaign while many former state officials were indicted and convicted for appropriating public funds for their own use. Although cleared of personal wrongdoing, Earl lost the election by a narrow margin. But he determined to retain his hold on the Long organization which, in later years, would twice allow him to be elected governor of Louisiana
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leslie, James Paul
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
1974.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
LC call number
D13.Y1974
LC item number
L47
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Long, Huey Pierce
  • Long, Earl Kemp
  • Governors
Label
Earl K. Long: the formative years, 1895-1940, by James Paul Leslie, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-266)
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
667250394
Extent
1 online resource (266 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Note
MU: Access is limited to the University of Missouri--Columbia only.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)667250394
Label
Earl K. Long: the formative years, 1895-1940, by James Paul Leslie, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-266)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
667250394
Extent
1 online resource (266 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Note
MU: Access is limited to the University of Missouri--Columbia only.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)667250394

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