Long first came to national notice when he became governor of Louisiana in 1928; he ruled the state as a virtual dictator but his corruption and dictatorship had a progressive side to it, including massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even some restrictions on corporate power in the state. Shortly thereafter, in June 1933, in an effort to undermine Long's political dominance, Roosevelt cut Long out of consultation on the distribution of federal funds or patronage in Louisiana and placed Long's opponents in charge of federal programs in the state. Early the next year, Long organized his own, alternative political organization, the Share-Our Wealth Society, through which he advocated a populist program that focused on redistributing large fortunes through sharply graduated income and inheritance taxes. If the next year we raise 15 million bales of cotton and only need 10, we will store another 5 million bales of cotton, and the Government will care for that. For several decades after his death, Long's personal political style inspired imitation among Louisiana politicians who borrowed his colorful speaking style, vicious verbal attacks on opponents, and promises of social programs. He managed to convince enough people in his town to sign it, resulting in the principal being fired.
Long is also referenced by in the play,. He polled 126,842 votes 43. American communists were also highly critical of Long's views on race, the corruption of his political machine, and his rampant abuse of power. Smith brought the Share Our Wealth Society into a brief coalition with the followers of radio priest and old-age pension advocate in support of the short-lived , a third party effort which ran of for President in 1936, but under his leadership, the Share Our Wealth movement quickly fell apart. After impeachment, Long appeared to have concluded that extra-legal means would be needed to defend the interests of the common people against the powerful money interests.
This plan became the foundation for more than 25,000 Share Our Wealth societies across America with more than 4. They have dropped into the ranks of the poor. He would show up unannounced on the floor of both the and or in House committees, corralling reluctant representatives and state senators and bullying opponents. It would take 40 lawyers to tell a shoe-shine stand how to operate and be certain he didn't go to jail. And then there is another good thing. While Long often told his followers that he came from the lowest possible social and economic stratum, the reality is that Long's family were well-off compared to others in the largely destitute community of Winnfield.
Long responded by suddenly announcing his intention to run for the in the Democratic primary of September 9, 1930. Some historians, including Long biographer , contend that Long had never, in fact, intended to run for the presidency in 1936. His flamboyance and populist stand against big business attracted many followers. We have more food than we can eat. It is for the redistribution of wealth and for guaranteeing comforts and conveniences to all humanity out of this abundance in our country.
Then he will set up as an independent with Southern and mid-western Progressives. How many of you remember the first thing that the Declaration of Independence said? 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. He also had the legislature enact the same tax on refined oil that in 1929 had nearly led to his impeachment, which he used as a bargaining chip to promote oil drilling in Louisiana. The Longs had a daughter, also named Rose, and two sons: , who subsequently became a long-term U. He became an early supporter of Franklin Roosevelt, campaigning energetically for him at the Democratic Convention and in the fall election. Louisiana History: the Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association.
We have the farm problem, my friends, because we have too much cotton, because we have too much wheat, and have too much corn, and too much potatoes. He was the son of Huey Pierce Long Sr. The whole idea of that kind of thing first came from Hoover's administration. After growing bored with his required schoolwork, he eventually convinced his teachers to let him skip seventh grade. But be that as it may, it will still be more than any one man, or any one man and his children and their children, will be able to spend in their lifetimes; and it is not necessary or reasonable to have wealth piled up beyond the point where we cannot prevent poverty among the masses. Let us therefore forget all bickerings and let the capitalists and the laboring interests.
And I hope there will be, because it will do the country good to have a big surplus. In 1934, Long and , an independent oilman and member of the from , formed the controversial Win or Lose Oil Company. Long by-passed the negative press by distributing his own newspaper, The American Progress, and he spoke directly to a national audience through radio speeches and speaking engagements. In 1918, Long entered into the race to serve on the three-seat. Of the four classes that Long took, he received one incomplete and three C's. But his most enduring contributions were to the state of Louisiana rather than to the nation. His opponents split the remaining 56 percent of the ballots.
It is said that General Johnson's speech of Monday night to attack me was delivered on the eve of announcing the publication of his obituary in the Red Book Magazine. When he was a student at Winnfield High School, he and his friends formed a secret society, which they broadcast to others by wearing a red ribbon. To balance agricultural production with what can be sold and consumed according to the laws of God. Get together in your community tonight or tomorrow and organize one of our Share Our Wealth Societies. By the summer of 1935, there were more than 27,000 Share Our Wealth clubs with a membership of more than 7. Previous page Next page Share Our Wealth Speech Now, my friends, we have got to hit the root with the ax. You would have to have 45 times the entire money supply of the United States today to pay the debts of the people of America and then they would just have to start out from scratch, without a dime to go on with.