Huey Long, Anti-Railroad, Anti-Corporate, Anti-Big Oil Attorney, Louisiana Railroad Commissioner, Governor of Louisiana, and Senator, was the only man who might have unseated Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936, so he was shot dead in the Louisiana Capitol Building built under his administration in Baton Rouge on September 10, 1935, before the campaign for President could even begin…. At age 25, campaigning against Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller, Huey Long was elected Railroad Commissioner of Louisiana (a department which he renamed “the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Roosevelt’s New Deal was totally the creature of the Big Banks and Big Corporations (controlled by Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, etc.) that Long saw (correctly) as the eternally sworn enemies of the American people, their freedom and Constitution of 1787, even though Long never for one moment embraced any precept of Marxist-Leninist socialism as Roosevelt did. Huey Long stood for restitution of property and wealth stolen from the people back to the people, but in so advocating he always, always stood for the concept and reality individual freedom—the guarantee of private property and private autonomy to every family with “Every Man a King.” Ken Burns’ 1985 documentary was a reasonably good portrayal of the man and his work, but I think that the best presentation of Long’s real place in American history was the cameo in Josh Tickell’s “The Big Fix” by Joshua and Rebecca Harrell TIckell summarizes the “geopolitics” of Long’s war against Big Oil in the South better than anyone else has ever done, especially by relating it both to Yankee Imperialism (before and during) Long’s time in the Southern United States, especially Louisiana, and to the latest manifestation of that imperialism, namely the BP Oil spill in April 2010. Even less known, however, is the social justice movement by which Huey Long was close allied with both Gerald L.K. Smith and Father Charles Coughlin against Roosevelt and the Banks. Both during Roosevelt’s 12 year Dictatorship and afterwards, after Alf Landon’s disastrous defeat in 1936, Republicans and Conservatives generally stopped defending individual rights against both government and the corporations. Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat campaign warned of the coming Police State….but through the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, the people of the United States essentially embraced the Police State, so that by Reagan’s terms, it was fixed in stone….. Huey Long was the determined enemy of Wall Street, bankers and big business and he was also a determined enemy of the Roosevelt administration because he saw it as too beholden to these powerful forces. He was in this sense totally unique among the major forces in U.S. Politics in the 1930s—his only successors in that position were Strom Thurmond and, to a much more limited degree, George Corley Wallace of Alabama. As Josh Tickell said, the Southern United States have always been the first and primary target of U.S. Internationalism, Imperialism, and pro-Corporate Manipulation and twisting of the political economy. My great grandfather, a Louisiana Lawyer and Judge himself, was one of Long’s private tutors in the Law who helped him qualify for the bar at Tulane in just one year of study, and they worked together on many railroad cases.
HUEY P. LONG
SUMMARY OF GREATNESS
by Gerald L. K. Smith
The author was with Mr. Long when he was shot. He was at his bedside when he died. He delivered the funeral oration over his grave. Every line contained in this Handbook, except a few historical records, is based on the personal experiences and the personal observations of the author. William Howard Taft, while Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said: “Huey P. Long is the most brilliant attorney to appear before me during my term as Chief Justice.” James A. Farley who, in the lifetime of Mr. Long was considered the most powerful and knowledgeable politician in America, said in his Memoirs: “If Huey Long had not been assassinated, he would have been elected President of the United States.”
This Handbook has been prepared for the benefit of people who want the real truth concerning Huey P. Long, which truth has been kept from the public by authors, journalists and historians. No book on the life of Huey Long has been accurate. All books that have been published concerning this great man have either been published by his enemies, his cynical observers or ignorant historians who have built their books out of the newspaper morgues. When young Long came to the political front, he challenged the tyranny, the robbery, the greed and the graft of the ‘feudal lords.’ In fact, he said: “Louisiana is the last stand of the ‘feudal lords’.” Almost without exception, these same ‘feudal lords’ controlled the press – local, national and international and practically every story that was written concerning this political genius was unfavorable. In fact, Long’s figure of speech for the newspapers was “the lying press.” They lied about him when he started. They lied about him at the apex of his power, and they have lied about him ever since his death. This Handbook is written by one knowledgeable concerning his greatness who loved him and respected him and dares, in this little volume, to tell things that have never been told before. The writer is fully aware of the fact that Huey Long was surrounded by loyal friends and men and women who, at great sacrifice to themselves, helped him to rise to a position of power and influence. I wish time and space would permit me to discuss these individuals in detail, but the purpose of this book is to give the busy reader an honest glimpse into the life of Huey Long so that when some inquirer says, “Tell me about Huey Long,” this Handbook will serve the purpose.
This Handbook is dedicated to my wife, Elna, whose understanding loyalty and dedicated courage has made it possible for me to carry on in the defense of truth regardless of the hazards, the lethal dangers involving character assassination, smear and ridicule. There has never been a moment in my life when I doubted the believing loyalty of my sweet wife, who has been my companion, at this writing, for 53 years.
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- SECTION 1 – Family Background, Vital Family Statistics, Rev. Gerald L. K. Smith Embraces Huey P. Long, Huey P. Long the Lawyer.
- SECTION 2 – Accomplishments That Made Huey Long Great.
- SECTION 3 – The Magic Name, Huey Long Impeached, The Plot To Assassinate, The Inquest, Funeral Oration As Delivered By The Author, Campaign Funds Disappear, Will Roger And Huey Long.
- SECTION 4 – A Successor In Washington, A Family Heartbreak, Blackmail Resisted, Personal Handicaps, A Bloody Fourth Of July, Gun Play And The Supreme Court.
- SECTION 5 – The Second Louisiana Purchase, Frank Murphy – Seymour Weiss And Company, Bronze Statue To Huey P. Long, Let Memories Be Refreshed, Explanation.
- SECTION 6 – My Life After Huey Long, Sample of Huey’s Phenomenal Influence, A Promise Kept, A Providential Discovery.
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