Nation: Boisterous Builder for HUD

New Orleans ex-Mayor Landrieu: a man for all cities

Hardly had Moon Landrieu taken office as a 29-year-old Louisiana state legislator in 1960 when segregationist Governor Jimmie Davis called a special session to resist federal integration orders. The vote in favor of ramming through the segregation package was 93 to 1. The dissenter: Moon Landrieu. Colleagues told him that his political career was ruined; his family was showered with death threats. "I certainly wasn't a Sir Lancelot," Landrieu now insists. "I was miserable because I couldn't figure out a way to evade or finesse...

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