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Huey Long invades New Orleans : the siege of a city, 1934-36
Boulard, Garry.
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Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub., 1998.
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277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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F379.N557 B68 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Relying heavily on interviews with more than two dozen people who vividly recall the conflict, the author reveals what led Huey Long to order 3,000 militiamen into New Orleans.

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Booklist Review

A fascinating account of one of the most bizarre political maneuvers initiated by the always colorful and unpredictable Huey P. Long. In 1934, Long, a U.S. senator and the former governor of Louisiana, was poised to undertake a national campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. Although extremely popular throughout most of his state, the unrefined Long was reviled by T. Semmes Walmsley, the patrician mayor of New Orleans, and members of his entrenched political machine. To wrest control of the largest city in his state from the old guard, Long ordered 3,000 militiamen to New Orleans. Claiming that there were more than 40,000 fraudulent names on the eligible voters' list, he directed his troops to seize the registrar's office. Soon the entire city was placed under partial martial law while Long and Mayor Walmsley faced off against each other. By interviewing more than two dozen Long associates and enemies, Boulard personalizes and vivifies both the Kingfish and one of the most extraordinary episodes in his checkered political career. --Margaret Flanagan

Choice Review

In 1928, Huey Long wrought a revolution in Louisiana by seizing control from the planters and New Orleans business interests that had possessed it since the end of Reconstruction. He then built the most powerful governorship ever in a state long inured to powerful governors. Long later claimed that he had tried to implement his reform ideas in the state by saying "please" to his political opponents until 1929, when he was impeached by the House of Representatives. After that, he just dynamited political obstacles out of his way. Boulard recounts an episode of Long's blasting. The Democratic establishment in New Orleans, headed by Mayor T. Semmes Walmsley, originally opposed Long's election to the governorship but reached a working arrangement with him that allowed them to share in the formulation of policy for the city. Long, however, eventually decided to end the relationship for his own advantage and held New Orleans hostage until his opponents surrendered. Most studies of Long focus on the rural elements of his rule, but Boulard focuses on urban its aspects. A useful addition to the other numerous studies of Long. All levels. J. P. Sanson; Louisiana State University at Alexandria