Huey Long assassinated

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  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Historical Context Note

On 8 September, Huey Long, the Senator from Louisiana and national political figure, was assassinated. Long represented the disenchanted and radical voter during a period of economic tumult. Flamboyant, jingoistic, peremptory and corrupt, Long established himself as a national leader by capitalizing on the latent anger of underprivileged Americans. His particular brand of politics was Populist. While in the U.S. Senate, Long rose to national prominence with his fiery rhetoric and a “share-the-wealth” government program. However, Long made countless enemies in his rise to power in Louisiana; the son of one enemy, Carl Austin Weiss, exacted revenge when he shot Long in 1935

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Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "Huey Long assassinated". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2008
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