Romance and Realism in Southern Politics

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LECTURE FOUR
The Politics of the Longs

ONCE HUEY LONG WAS ASKED IF HE SAW ANY RESEMBLANCE between himself and Hitler. His reaction was immediate, blunt, and revealing. "Don't compare me to that so-and- so," he bellowed. "Anybody that lets his public policies be mixed up with religious prejudice is a plain Goddamned fool." He touched on the theme of religion in politics on another occasion. In 1934 the Ku Klux Klan, or some of its representatives, attacked him and his program. He hoped not to be drawn into a fight on grounds of the Klan's choosing. "I have always avoided any religious fight," he said, "for the sake of the good I have tried to do for everybody. I have never stepped aside to denounce a Klansman or anti-Klansman, always hoping to have all of the people understand what I was trying to do and to help me in that effort." As it turned out, in the Klan business he would have to denounce somebody, and none other than the head Klansman, Dr. Hiram Evans, who threatened to campaign against Long in Louisiana. Long issued a public statement reflecting unmistakably on the Imperial Wizard's ancestry and pledging that he would never set foot in Louisiana.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Lecture One - The Distinctive South 1
  • Lecture Two - The Politics of Reconstruction 17
  • Lecture Three - The Politics of Populism And Progressivism 44
  • Lecture Four - The Politics of the Longs 65
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