Voices of Protest Reading - 03:45 VoicesofProtestReading

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03:45 Voices of Protest Reading Both Long and Coughlin played an important role in shaping popular responses to the  depression Huey Long “The Kingfish” Democratic Senator from Louisiana Broke ties with the Democratic leadership (esp. Senate Democratic Leader Joseph  Robinson of Arkansas) Long makes charges against him Lists publicly the major clients of Robinson’s Law Firm in Arkansas (a list that included  many of the largest power, railroad, and bank companies of the SE). Implications were unfair but Robinson’s voting record did reveal sympathies with  corporate  interests New alliance between Roosevelt and Long Long’s work got Roosevelt nominated Sends a fleet of sound trucks to 4 states beginning his speaking tour Speaking for Roosevelt and promising immediate payment of soldier’s bonuses Laid claims to winning the Midwest for Roosevelt Comes to the help of Mrs. Hattie Caraway Brings the fleet of sound trucks to Arkansas to campaign on Hattie’s behalf Spoke nothing of the Democratic leadership Referenced instead “we progressives of both parties” Implicit rejection of both republicans and democrats Always brought up his vote to limit large fortunes (Hattie voted with him) that died Drew immense crowds, roaring approval for his attack on “money power” and the “Wall  Street Gang” She wins! Long on the radio
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Designed to move himself to the forefront of the popular consciousness Huey was coming to the aid of the president in the difficult tasks of economic  redistribution Long was becoming a foe to the administration, taking Roosevelt’s vague promises of  economic redistribution and making the public expect some legislative action
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