Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-2

This book started, as I suspect many do, in a conversation. While walking across the campus at the University of Arkansas on a spring day in 1998, I discussed the Long family of Louisiana with Dr. Randall Woods. As we walked, I lamented that just about everything...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-9

When Russell Long entered the United States Senate in 1948, World War II burned brightly in American memories, and the Cold War loomed ominously. The politics of civil rights and the civil rights movement were...

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Chapter 1. Learning the Ropes in the Long Family, 1918–1948

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pp. 10-37

Russell Long was born in the booming oil town of Shreveport, in the far northwestern corner of Louisiana, on November 3, 1918. His mother, Rose McConnell Long, named him Huey Pierce Long III for his father, who, at the time...

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Chapter 2. Finding His Footing, 1949–1952

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pp. 38-69

Arthur Vandenberg was sixty-four years old when he swore Russell Long into the United States Senate. Vandenberg had served in the Senate since 1926 and had been a colleague of Long’s father, Huey, during the 1930s. Russell...

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Chapter 3. On the Outside Looking In, 1953–1960

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pp. 70-118

In July 1952, Russell Long ventured to Chicago as a member of the Louisiana delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Long hoped Georgia senator Richard Russell would receive his party’s presidential nomination, but it was not...

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Chapter 4. In Ascent, 1960–1969

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pp. 119-156

When the battle over the Civil Rights Act of 1960 ended in April of that year, Russell Long said he hoped “we are forever closing the door” on legislation to force change upon the South’s racial setting. He likely...

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Chapter 5. Power Broker, 1969–1980

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pp. 157-196

Not long before the 1968 elections, Russell Long received a letter from historian T. Harry Williams. “At 12:15 noon today I finished the book!” wrote Williams. “I feel as though a great load has been lifted.” After thirteen years...

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Conclusion In Descent, 1981–2003

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pp. 197-212

The national elections of 1980 saw the coalescence of political, economic, and religious conservatism behind the candidacy of the Republican presidential nominee, Ronald Reagan. The former actor and California governor...

Notes

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pp. 213-237

Bibliography

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pp. 238-250

Index

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pp. 251-259