Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana: A Biography

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LSU Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Allen J. Ellender, born in 1890 on a sugar plantation in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, rose to become one of the most dominant men in the U.S Senate. This biography, based on prolonged examination of the voluminous Ellender Papers and extensive research in other primary and secondary sources, including interviews with people who knew Ellender during various stages of his lengthy career, makes an important contribution to our understanding of Louisiana and national politics during much of this century.
In Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana, Thomas A. Becnel methodically traces the extended career of this contradictory politician - a man who, though essentially a conservative, was surprisingly liberal on many issues. He supported progressive legislation in areas such as education, public housing, censorship, and the separation of church and state. He was also one of the first senators to criticize his colleague Joseph McCarthy. Yet throughout his career he remained a staunch advocate of racial segregation.
  

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Contents

Hardscrabble 18901905
3
Young Lawyer Young Wife 190521
21
Lawyer Farmer Legislator 192128
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With Huey Long 192831
40
Speaker of the House and Heir Apparent 193135
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Part Two Washington
71
Senator Ellender 193638
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Persevering Despite the Louisiana Scandals 193940
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Part Three Worldview
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The Death of Helen 194950
157
Chairman of the Agriculture Committee 195153
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McCarthyism and the 1954 Senate Race 195455
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Trying to Defrost the Cold War 195663
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Shaping Farm Policy 195664
216
Working with LBJ 196368
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The Great Society Under Siege 196668
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War and Reelection 194142
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Winning the War 194346
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The Truman Years 194748
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Bibliographical Essay
281
Index
291
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Thomas A. Becnel is Distinguished Professor of History at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and the author of, among other works, The Barrow Family and the Barataria and Lafourche Canal: The Transportation Revolution in Louisiana, 1829--1925.

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