“It is necessary to save the Government of the country, but is much more necessary to save the people of America.”
“Every Man a King” address, broadcast over the NBC radio network, Friday 23 February 1934
Huey Pierce Long Jr, born on 30 August 1893, was an American Democrat politician and senator from Louisiana, the state for which he became governor. His radical policies met with huge public approval, but his life was cut short. He was assassinated on 10 September 1935.
Long was passionate about helping ordinary working people to share in the country’s wealth. In 1934 he created the Share Our Wealth programme, which had as its motto “Every Man a King”. The initiative called for wealth distribution measures to be put in place ...