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Childhood Aspirations

Childhood Aspirations

Huey Long was born in 1893, the seventh of nine children. He grew up in Louisiana’s Winn Parish, a deeply impoverished region He showed ambition from a young age as a member of the debate team, and expressed a desire to one day fix up and bring new resources to the town he grew up in.
Clip Length 02:20 Premiere: 5/1/17

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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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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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