1928
During his time as Governor, Huey Long mounted a campaign to supply the state’s children with free textbooks.

1928
Huey P. Long is elected Governor of Louisiana. 

1928
Huey Long spurs construction of bridges across the Mississippi River, and paves roads in Louisiana.

1928
Only about 2000 blacks were registered voters.
  1930
Long pours money and resources into the LSU system, including setting up a medical school in New Orleans.

1930
The average income of Louisiana families is half the national average.

1930
Huey P. Long is elected as a United States Senator.

1930
“ Leadbelly,” is serving time at Angola Prison when he is recorded by renown folklorist John Lomax.
  1932
Huey Long takes his seat in the U.S. Senate.

1933
Huey Long begins to publicly criticize President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” plan.

1934
Offshore oil exploration is underway.
  1938
National organized labor stages a strike of longshoreman and dock workers, both black and white members.

1939
“Southern Review” is founded at LSU.

1939
Political scandals eventually lead to the resignation of Governor Richard Leche.
 
  1942
Chennault’s “Flying Tigers, American Volunteer Group officially becomes part of the U.S. Army Air Force.

1942
American servicemen patrol the Gulf Coastline, watching for German U-boats.

1944
Jimmie Davis is elected Governor.
 
1947
The first large-scale, out-of-sight oil well was brought in about 45 miles south of Morgan City.

1947
A. P. Tureaud, the only black lawyer practicing in Louisiana, sets up a law practice in New Orleans.

1947
Toward the end of WWII what seemed like an upshoot of black activism was damped by Communist scares.
  1950
Louisiana spent a greater proportion of its per capita income of education than any other southern state.

1952
Kermit Parker becomes the first African American to run for Governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction.

1952 Robert F. Kennon is elected Governor.
 
  1955
Between 1955 and 1960, New Orleans’ own “Fats” Domino produced more than 20 records.

1955
Senator Rainach and Leander Perez began to organize the White Citizens Councils throughout the state.

1956
Musician and Ferriday native Jerry Lee Lewis cuts his first record with Sam Phillips and Sun records.

1956
Earl K. Long is elected governor.

1956
White Citizens’ Councils assault on black voters climaxed in Ouchita. 
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1927
The true development of what is know
n as “Cajun music” is in full swing.

1927
New Orleans bankers and private citizens
dynamite the levee trying to prevent panic in the city. 

1927
Torrential rains cause the mighty Mississippi River to overflow its banks in worst US flooding disaster. 

1927
The federal government approved a $325 million flood control plan for the Mississippi River.
  1929
Huey Long increases taxes on the state’s oil and gas companies.

1929
State Legislators try to impeach Governor Huey Long.

1929
Black voters in New Orleans began forming “civic clubs” prepping applicants on how to pass screening.
 
1931   Governor Long orders the construction of a new state capitol building in downtown Baton Rouge.

1931
Lucille Mae Grace becomes the first woman elected to state-wide office in Louisiana.
1935
Louisiana’s illiteracy rate remains three times higher than the national average.

1935  Huey P. Long is shot in the Baton Rouge capital building.

1935
Tulane defeats Temple in the first Sugar Bowl.

1936
Lt. Governor James A. Noe serves a few months as governor after the death of Oscar Allen.

1936  Richard Leche is elected governor.

 

 
1940
Louisiana’s black schools received 25-percent of the amount of state funds spent in white schools.

1940
The oil and gas industry comes to Central Louisiana with the discovery of oil in LaSalle Parish.

1940
Sam Jones is elected governor as a political reformer.

1940
Between 1940 and 1950, the state’s farm population decreases by 286,000. 

1941
The start of WWII helps pull Louisiana out of the Depression. 

1941
General Claire Chennault helped defend China against Imperial Japanese air attacks. 

1941
The Louisiana Weekly describes white supremacy as domestic version of Nazism.
  1945
Post WWII, relaxing racial segregation allowed more blacks and white musicians to play together, resulting in R & B music.

1946
LSU literary figure, Robert Penn Warren, is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "All the King’s Men”.
  1948
Shreveport radio station KWKH begins broadcasting the “Louisiana Hayride” program.

1948 Earl Long is elected Governor.

1948
During Earl Long’s term, blacks registered to vote in Louisiana jumped from 7,000 to more than 110,000.
  1953
Following LSU’s law school, several
other LSU graduate schools admitted black applicants.

1953
Blacks conducted the first organized
city bus boycott in the south in Baton Rouge.

1954
Ernest Morial was the first African American to graduate from LSU’s law school.

1954
The United States Supreme Court ruled the doctrine of “separate but equal” for blacks and whites unconstitutional.

  1954
Clifton Chenier, was discovered playing on the side of the road, by a small-time record producer.
  1957
Hurricane Audrey kills many Louisianians in Cameron Parish.

1958
LSU football team wins the National Championship, led by halfback Billy Cannon.

1959
Louisiana’s severance tax revenues on oil rise above $100 million for the first time.

1959
Governor Earl K. Long is committed to a mental institution in Galveston, Texas.

1960
Jimmie Davis is elected Governor on a platform of preserving segregation.

1960
Governor Earl K. Long dies eight days after suffering a heart attack.

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