American Progress

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Louisiana/American Progress
Owner(s) Huey Long
Founder(s) Huey Long
Founded March 27, 1930 (1930-03-27)[1]
Political alignment Far-left
Language English
Ceased publication March 1940 (1940-03)
OCLC number 10266590

The American Progress was an American newspaper founded by Democratic Louisiana Governor Huey Long in March 1930 as the Louisiana Progress to promote his political aims and attack his opponents. He forced state employees to subscribe and distribute copies,[2] plus state agencies had to place ads.[3]

The paper was renamed in 1935 and went national to promote then Senator Long's Share Our Wealth program and his ambitions for running for the presidency of the United States in the 1936 election. It was mailed free to his followers and circulation varied from 300,000 to 1.5 million for special issues. The paper was paid for by contributions from the Long political machine in Louisiana.[2]

After Long's assassination in 1935, the paper was taken over by Governor Richard W. Leche and then bought by his successor Earl Long. The paper shut down in March 1940 after Long lost his reelection bid.[4]


  1. ^ "About The Louisiana Progress". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Murder of Huey P. Long". Spartacus Educational. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1933: Huey P. Long battles the Louisiana press". The Times-Picayune. November 6, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Press: Progress". Time. April 8, 1940. Retrieved December 25, 2008.