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The LOUISiana Digital Library's Huey Long Collection includes artifacts contributed by the Teaching American History in Louisiana (TAHIL) partnership. TAHIL providers include the Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana State Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection and Tulane Univers ity Library Special Collections.


The Huey Long Digital Collection contains original documents concerning depression-era Louisiana and detailing Huey P. Long's "Share Our Wealth" program. From the Historic New Orleans Collection, a variety of original broadsides and speeches offer insight into the popular appeal of Long's Louisiana program. Sample ballots and election posters from Tulane's Special Collections document Long's bid for public office. In personal correspondence, also from Tulane's Special Collections, Long compares his efforts to enact "old age" pensions with FDR's efforts at the national level. Transportation maps provided by the Louisiana State Museum illustrate the results of Long's massive road-building program. Opposition to Long's programs is documented by newspaper articles, broadsides and legislative appeals sponsored by a variety of Louisiana political and economic groups including Standard Oil and the Louisiana Women's Committee. Of particular note, from THNOC manuscript holdings, a couple of letters from author Ezra Pound related to Long's death speak to the worldwide implications of this event and perceptions that Long's views that were progressive and important. A compilation of Long's speeches is also a part of the digital record being offered by THNOC and Tulane University Library's Special Collections.

 
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