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Huey Long

He was a populist hero and a corrupt demagogue, hailed as a champion of the poor and reviled as a dictator. Louisiana’s Huey Long built his remarkable career as governor and U.S. Senator on a platform of social reform and justice, all the while employing graft and corruption to get what he wanted.
Season 1 Episode 1 Length 1:28:35 Premiere: 10.15.86

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Huey Long

About Huey Long

He was hailed as a champion of the poor and reviled as a dictator. Louisiana's Huey Long rose to Governor and U.S. Senator on a platform of social reform and justice, all the while employing graft and corruption to get what he wanted. Ken Burns reveals a complex and comprehensive portrait of the man, his politics and the power he so obsessively sought.

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Season 1 Episodes

Huey Long

S1 E1 Length 1:28:35 Premiere Date 10.15.86

Long's Passion for Power

Clip Length 00:18 Premiere Date 1.6.12

Senator Russel Long

Clip Length 00:33 Premiere Date 1.6.12

An Introduction to Huey Long

Clip Length 03:04 Premiere Date 5.1.17

Childhood Aspirations

Clip Length 02:20 Premiere Date 5.1.17

Long's Political Power

Clip Length 04:35 Premiere Date 5.1.17

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