Episode 37: The Kingfish Swimming with the Sharks – How Huey Long Shaped Louisiana Politics
Huey Long is such a part of the legend of Louisiana politics one might think he was governor for decades. In fact he did not serve a full term, but his impact would last for decades. From his perch as a United States Senator he ruled Louisiana. Even after his assassination his followers would maintain his legacy of populism and political control. Historian Alex McManus joins Errol Laborde, executive editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot, to tell about the Long era, it believers and its enemies. Oh yes, we will also hear about Long’s highway linking the State Capitol to the Roosevelt Hotel.