During his time as Governor, Huey Long mounted a campaign to supply the state’s children with free textbooks.
Huey P. Long is elected Governor of Louisiana.
Huey Long spurs construction of bridges across the Mississippi River, and paves roads in Louisiana.
Only about 2000 blacks were registered voters.
Long pours money and resources into the LSU system, including setting up a medical school in New Orleans.
The average income of Louisiana families is half the national average.
Huey P. Long is elected as a United States Senator.
“ Leadbelly,” is serving time at Angola Prison when he is recorded by renown folklorist John Lomax.
Huey Long takes his seat in the U.S. Senate.
Huey Long begins to publicly criticize President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” plan.
Offshore oil exploration is underway.
National organized labor stages a strike of longshoreman and dock workers, both black and white members.
“Southern Review” is founded at LSU.
Political scandals eventually lead to the resignation of Governor Richard Leche.
Chennault’s “Flying Tigers, American Volunteer Group officially becomes part of the U.S. Army Air Force.
American servicemen patrol the Gulf Coastline, watching for German U-boats.
Jimmie Davis is elected Governor.
The first large-scale, out-of-sight oil well was brought in about 45 miles south of Morgan City.
A. P. Tureaud, the only black lawyer practicing in Louisiana, sets up a law practice in New Orleans.
Toward the end of WWII what seemed like an upshoot of black activism was damped by Communist scares.
Louisiana spent a greater proportion of its per capita income of education than any other southern state.
Kermit Parker becomes the first African American to run for Governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction.
Between 1955 and 1960, New Orleans’ own “Fats” Domino produced more than 20 records.
Senator Rainach and Leander Perez began to organize the White Citizens Councils throughout the state.
Musician and Ferriday native Jerry Lee Lewis cuts his first record with Sam Phillips and Sun records.
Earl K. Long is elected governor.
White Citizens’ Councils assault on black voters climaxed in Ouchita.
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The true development of what is know
n as “Cajun music” is in full swing.
New Orleans bankers and private citizens
dynamite the levee trying to prevent panic in the city.
Torrential rains cause the mighty Mississippi River to overflow its banks in worst US flooding disaster.
Huey Long increases taxes on the state’s oil and gas companies.
State Legislators try to impeach Governor Huey Long.
Black voters in New Orleans began forming “civic clubs” prepping applicants on how to pass screening.
Lucille Mae Grace becomes the first woman elected to state-wide office in Louisiana.
Louisiana’s illiteracy rate remains three times higher than the national average.
Tulane defeats Temple in the first Sugar Bowl.
Lt. Governor James A. Noe serves a few months as governor after the death of Oscar Allen.
Louisiana’s black schools received 25-percent of the amount of state funds spent in white schools.
The oil and gas industry comes to Central Louisiana with the discovery of oil in LaSalle Parish.
Sam Jones is elected governor as a political reformer.
Between 1940 and 1950, the state’s farm population decreases by 286,000.
The start of WWII helps pull Louisiana out of the Depression.
General Claire Chennault helped defend China against Imperial Japanese air attacks.
The Louisiana Weekly describes white supremacy as domestic version of Nazism.
Post WWII, relaxing racial segregation allowed more blacks and white musicians to play together, resulting in R & B music.
LSU literary figure, Robert Penn Warren, is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "All the King’s Men”.
Shreveport radio station KWKH begins broadcasting the “Louisiana Hayride” program.
During Earl Long’s term, blacks registered to vote in Louisiana jumped from 7,000 to more than 110,000.
Following LSU’s law school, several
other LSU graduate schools admitted black applicants.
Blacks conducted the first organized
city bus boycott in the south in Baton Rouge.
Ernest Morial was the first African American to graduate from LSU’s law school.
The United States Supreme Court ruled the doctrine of “separate but equal” for blacks and whites unconstitutional.
Clifton Chenier, was discovered playing on the side of the road, by a small-time record producer.
Hurricane Audrey kills many Louisianians in Cameron Parish.
LSU football team wins the National Championship, led by halfback Billy Cannon.
Louisiana’s severance tax revenues on oil rise above $100 million for the first time.
Governor Earl K. Long is committed to a mental institution in Galveston, Texas.
Jimmie Davis is elected Governor on a platform of preserving segregation.
Governor Earl K. Long dies eight days after suffering a heart attack.
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