Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana: A Biography
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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Young Lawyer Young Wife 190521
Lawyer Farmer Legislator 192128
With Huey Long 192831
Speaker of the House and Heir Apparent 193135
Part Two Washington
Senator Ellender 193638
Persevering Despite the Louisiana Scandals 193940
Part Three Worldview
The Death of Helen 194950
Chairman of the Agriculture Committee 195153
McCarthyism and the 1954 Senate Race 195455
Trying to Defrost the Cold War 195663
Shaping Farm Policy 195664
Working with LBJ 196368
The Great Society Under Siege 196668
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