Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
#51 “Huey Long’s Political Legacy”
2007-2008 History Lecture Series Season – September 10th, 2007
Ron Chapman, Assistant Professor of History, Nunez Community College
Attendance – 55
Huey Long was one of the most controversial governors in American history. He created a populist dictatorship in Louisiana that brought the state into the twentieth century despite the considerable forces opposing change. Because of the many social programs he originated in Louisiana as governor and sponsored in Washington, D. C., as Senator, he posed a major threat to Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936 election. Unfortunately, he was assassinated in September of 1935. This lecture posed the question: Was Huey Long a brutal dictator, a populist reformer, or both?