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Backlash: Race and the American Dream (1991)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority, Queen of Heart Productions

Date Issued: 1991-11-20

Duration: 00:57:51

Subjects: Duke, David Ernest, 1950- | Politics | Racism


  • Carrick, Bess Producer
  • Morial, Sybil Speaker
  • Shubert, Francis Interviewee
  • Powell, Lawrence Interviewee
  • Thomas, Virginia Interviewee
  • Thomas, Kenny Interviewee
  • Renwick, Ed Interviewee
  • Rickey, Beth Interviewee
  • Howell, Susan Interviewee
  • Weill, Gus Interviewee
  • Santiny, Bobby Interviewee
  • Duke, David Interviewee
  • Hirsch, Arnold Interviewee
  • Zatarain, Michael Interviewee
  • Gaffney, James Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Moon Interviewee
  • Cheramie, Jay Interviewee
  • Bradbury, Artie Interviewee
  • Hill, Lance Speaker
  • Jeff, Morris Interviewee


This program from November 20, 1991, focuses on the rise of controversial Louisiana politician David Duke within the historical context of racial politics in the United States. It also explores Duke’s rhetoric and its impact on his supporters. This program includes an introduction by Sybil Morial, the director of the Drexel Center at Xavier University in New Orleans. It also includes interviews with: Francis Shubert, New Orleans pharmacist; Dr. Lawrence Powell, historian at Tulane University; Virginia Thomas, Duke campaign worker; Kenny Thomas, Duke campaign worker; Dr. Ed Renwick, political scientist at Loyola University; Beth Rickey, Louisiana Republican Party official; David Duke; Dr. Susan Howell, the director of the Survey Research Center at the University of New Orleans (UNO); Gus Weill, political consultant; Bobby Santiny, Louisiana politician; Dr. Arnold Hirsch, historian at UNO; Michael Zatarain, the author of “David Duke: Evolution of a Klansman”; Dr. James Gaffney, the chairman of religious studies at Loyola; Moon Landrieu, former New Orleans mayor; Jay Cheramie, fisherman; Artie Bradbury, oil field worker; and Dr. Morris Jeff, welfare official in New Orleans.