Life and Career of Huey P Long
Catalogue for The Historic
New Orleans Collection
Staff— Mary M. Garsaud and Jessica Dorman
7 x 10 inches
Edition of 3000
Brown and Atlas Grotesk
It would be difficult to identify a figure in Louisiana’s political history who combined popular appeal and national impact more powerfully than Huey Pierce Long Jr. (1893–1935). He is remembered today as the protagonist in a series of colorful anecdotes, a manipulative and crafty politician, and the victim of a shooting, in Louisiana’s capitol building, that still engenders speculation. These portrayals, while grounded in truth, strip him of nuances of thought and behavior, motive and process. His broadly populist political philosophy, Share Our Wealth platform, and strong grip on every detail of the political process were built over the course of his relatively short life, and from a variety of experiences. At the time of his death, Long’s message was beginning to attain national momentum. From Winnfield to Washington: The Life and Career of Huey P. Long presents elements of the Kingfish’s story and suggests its relevance to the state’s modern political development.
Huey Long’s early life had elements of hardship, but it was not nearly as difficult as the picture he painted of it when campaigning and politicking in Louisiana. His upbringing, while not luxurious, was solidly middle class. In the small community of Winnfield, Louisiana, the Long family’s circumstances were better than most. But identifying with the state’s poor voters, and especially those in rural areas, was a tactic that
Long effectively employed.
—Matt Farah, John H. Lawrence and
The Life and Career of Huey P. Long, 2015
Invitation Card for 80th Anniversary Assassination and Exhibition
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Follow Long, 1935
by Chris Yacich and Frank Arena