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Huey Long Seen as Threat to FDR in 1930s

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Uploaded on Jul 26, 2007

Senator Huey Long of Louisiana led a populist "Share the Wealth" movement during the Great Depression. Long planned to run for president on a third-party ticket in 1936. He thought he could throw the election to the Republicans who - he expected - would make a hash of things. Then, in 1940, he expected to make it to the White House. The grand plan came to an abrupt end when Long was assassinated in 1935. He left a legacy, however. His son, Russell Long, became a senator and - in an echo of Share the Wealth - promoted Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs) through various tax breaks.

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