The bill met with fierce opposition from the state's oil interests. Pockets of it persisted into the 21st century. In 1934, Long and , an independent oilman and member of the from , formed the controversial Win or Lose Oil Company. Roosevelt has prescribed is to borrow more money if he can and to go further into debt. It is necessary to save the government of the country, but is much more necessary to save the people of America. The Kingfish in Fiction: Huey P. Two about Long have also been produced: The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish 1977 , starring , and the fictionalized 1995, , starring.
Caire's running mate, , a New Orleans lawyer who later took over the state Republican chairmanship, ran unsuccessfully for against , with whom Long later had an irreconcilable break. Smith, a charismatic minister from Shreveport with a gift for public speaking. Let us therefore forget all bickerings and let the capitalists and the laboring interests. So it has been that while millions have starved and gone naked; so it has been that while babies have cried and died for milk; so it has been that while people have begged for meat and bread, Mr. So in America they sidetracked the Stars and Stripes, and the sign of the Blue Eagle was used instead. Listen to Audio: Your browser is unable to play the audio element. He polled 126,842 votes 43.
Will you not organize a share-our-wealth society in your community tonight or tomorrow to place this plan into law? Whatever the truth, thirty hours after the event the Kingfish was dead. You will find it in the words of our great teachers and statesmen of all countries and of all times. Bargaining from an advantageous position, Long entered an agreement with his longtime rivals, the and their leader,. Help to save this country. He also criticized the leaders of both parties for failing to address the crisis adequately, most notably attacking conservative Senate Democratic Leader of for his apparent closeness with President and ties to big business.
His ally urged him to:. Long began an unprecedented public works program, building roads, bridges, hospitals, and educational institutions. The only way to be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back and bring back some of that grub that he ain't got no business with! Long had Governor Allen call out the , declare martial law, ban public gatherings of two or more persons, and forbid the publication of criticism of state officials. The Official Huey Long Website. God told you what the trouble was. Why make that untrue statement, Mr. He was assassinated on September 8, 1935 In his radio address Long is speaking for the men, women, and children that are facing starvation and poverty due to the Great Depression.
His widow, , was appointed to replace him in the Senate, and his son was elected to the Senate in 1948, and served until his retirement in 1987. Long commanded the intense loyalties of a substantial proportion of the population. Yet in the name of our Government, and all alone, those people undertake and strive as hard as they can to keep a good government alive, and how long they can stand that no one knows. On 30 May 1934, Long took to the Senate floor to debate the abrogation of the. Share Our Wealth rallies were attended around the nation. Long defeated incumbent Senator , an native from in , by 149,640 57.
The corner grocery store is becoming a thing of the past. The State Department was greatly concerned about the damage Long was inflicting on the reputation of the U. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Get together in your community tonight or tomorrow and organize one of our Share Our Wealth Societies. The fact that neither one of them ever did anything about it is their own problem that I am not undertaking to criticize; but had Mr. Then, he popularized the slogan by writing a song around the slogan and signing it over the radio and on newsreels. They had parades and Fascist signs just as Hitler, and Mussolini.
If you care to write to me for such proof, I shall be glad to furnish it to you, free of expense, by mail. And so now I come to give you again that plan, taken from these leaders of all times and from the Bible, for the sponsoring of which I am labeled America's menace, madman, pied piper, and demagogue. Many of those in Roosevelt's kitchen cabinet are of the same men or set of men who furnished employees to sit in the kitchen cabinet to advise Hoover. Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series, vol. It began as a result of the Stock Market crash in October 1929 which led to the unemployment of millions of Americans. Down in my part of the country if any man has the measles he blames that on me; but there is one man that can't blame anything on anybody but himself, and that is Mr.
Did that mean, my friends, that someone would come into this world without having had an opportunity, of course, to have hit one lick of work, should be born with more than it and all of its children and children's children could ever dispose of, but that another one would have to be born into a life of starvation? I propose that the surplus of all the big fortunes, above the few millions to any one person at the most, shall go into the United States ownership. How many of you remember the first thing that the Declaration of Independence said? To balance agricultural production with what can be sold and consumed according to the laws of God. Immediately we set forth to call a mass meeting in the hostile center of Baton Rouge, calling upon people from all parts of the state to attend our first gathering to formulate plans to resist the impeachment. Long's body, dressed in a tuxedo, lay an open double of bronze with a glass lid in the State Capitol rotunda. He gave them something and the corporations paid for it. Some 200,000 people entered Baton Rouge for his funeral.
To limit fortunes to such a few million dollars as will allow the balance of the American people to share in the wealth and profits of the land. Mahne, , Times-Picayune, July 1, 2009, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. He ruled Louisiana as a virtual dictator, but he also initiated massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even established some restrictions on corporate power in the state. What I have here stated to you will be found to be approved by the law of our Divine Maker. Huey Long's speech had many goals he had hoped the program would accomplish. Long's bodyguards shot Weiss dead, and Long died a few days later.
In a far-away island, when a queen dies, her first favorite is done the honor to be buried alive with her. Roosevelt also supported a Senate inquiry into the election of Long ally to the Senate in 1932. So now, ladies and gentlemen, we come to that plan of mine for which I have been so roundly denounced and condemned by such men as Mr. They have dropped into the ranks of the poor. The Farleys and Johnsons combed the land with agents, inspectors, supervisors, detectives, secretaries, assistants, etc. Senate in 1930, he delayed taking office for two years so that he could continue to rule in Louisiana and assure that a close ally would succeed him.