Voices of Protest

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Voices of Protest: The Politician and the Radio Priest

Alan Brinkley, the author of Voices of Protest, wrote about Huey Long and Father Coughlin who launched attacks on Roosevelt's administration during the years of 1933 – 1935. This period of time was during the great depression. The book described in great length and detail about Huey Long and Father Coughlin, who were extremely influential politicians, and their opposition to the new society of big business and high technology. They felt that the owners of large companies such as Rockefeller, Carnegie and Pullman were to blame for the financial woes of the United States. Long and Coughlin were successful in taking their arguments and beliefs to the American people in the 1930's.

Huey Long was an energetic, passionate young man at a very young age. In fact, at the age of twenty he stated he planned to run for election. He said, "first to secondary stated office Louisiana, then for governor, then for United States Senator, and finally for president." He wrote in the New Orleans Item, "that about 65 or 70 percent of the entire wealth of the U.S. is owned by two percent of the people…wealth is fast concentrating in the hands of the few." He had the combination of ambition, along with the love and compassion of the less fortunate Americans. He was known throughout Louisiana as "the kingfish" because of the power and influence he possessed, almost to the point of dictatorship. For several years he was in the limelight and news constantly, in part before of his very colorful and extravagant lifestyle. Even after his death, the people of Louisiana still supported him even though his life was the center of greed and controversy. During his term as Governor, he built hundreds of miles of paved highways, provided free textbooks, constructed bridges, built hospitals, schools and a major university, Louisiana State University or better known as "LSU." He obtained his law degree from Tulane and age the...
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