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  1. Nixon (Not That One!) Converts JFK to Communism

    "In one memorable exchange with Russ Nixon, one of Kennedy’s former Harvard professors, Kennedy asked Nixon to defend the communists’ willingness to “resort to all sorts of artifices, evasions, subterfuges, only so as to get into the trade unions and remain in them and to carry on Communist work...
  2. The myth of Rosie the Riveter--and how to make it closer to reality

    A great many stereotypes about American women during World War II-especially their role in war industries--do not really correspond to reality: "Only 8 percent of wives had husbands in the military; a majority of married men were civilians working at home. Most women remained housewives; of 33...
  3. 1991 LA governorship race under ranked-choice voting

    =AT3nYyoTQ94xLbLY_U4izzt2whiL8RnSrU0oIS73NvaTjW_cL_WNHGDRoVWYX1e1tTmL49YvKrEh4cWljmBHSn3jPVV45xEFcjDsVfD7N3-z3qv-8WEZgbEMFz5HyJ8dOFjX8sXmfImKN8FrfbLgI8BHrHPDnZo--d4iJ2xN1lo1sTlmPIy9BeJ3LcDUNwi6hgqusQl6V48']https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Louisiana_gubernatorial_election What if instead of...
  4. Lenin Turns Himself In For Trial After July Days

    Whan an arrest warrant was issued for Lenin (and Zinoviev, Trotsky, and others) after the July Days, he seems for a while to have seriously considered turning himself in for trial: "By the next morning, Lenin had decided to stand trial—as he told [his sister] Maria and Nadya when they visited...
  5. DBWI: What if July 2 wasn't Independence Day

    "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.- I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by Solemn Acts of Devotion to God...
  6. Did Leon Blum Have to Yield to the Senate in June 1937?

    The end of Leon Blum's Popular Front government in France came in June 1937. The government was facing a financial crisis (run on the gold reserves, drain on the Treasury), and it asked Parliament for powers to meet the crisis by decree. The government blamed the crisis on a "strike of capital"...
  7. On the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP: What if Li Dazhao hadn't been killed in 1927?

    It is gnerally accepted that the two real co-founders of the Chinese Comunist Party were Chen Duxiu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Duxiu and Li Dazahao. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Dazhao (though ironically neither could make it to the Party's founding Congress). Chen, the Party's...
  8. Stalin drafted, December 1916

    At the age of six, little Ioseb Jugashvili was hit by a horse-drawn carriage and sustained an injury that shortened his left arm. (At least that's the official story; see https://www.rbth.com/history/332999-5-illnesses-of-joseph-stalin for an alternate explanation.) Three decades later, the...
  9. Haim Arlosoroff not assassinated in 1933

    We do not seem to have much discussion here of the effects on Zionist history if Haim Arlosoroff had not been assassinated on the beach in Tel Aviv in 1933. Would he someday have become Prime Minister of Israel? He was after all a leading figure in Labor Zionism (which was the dominant...
  10. Jim Farley, allohistorian! (his views on what if Huey Long had lived)

    Since we often speculate about this, here are the views of a man who knew a few things about 1930s politics: "The ifs of politics are always interesting. One frequently considered is what would have happened had Huey lived. As I said before, I did not underestimate the man, although personally...
  11. AHC: A different division of Germany after World War II

    By a weird coincidence, the line between West and East Germany after World War II turns out to be the railroad journey through Germany of Lenin in April 1917... (The map is from http://catherinemerridale.com/map---pictures.html)
  12. April 1917: The Swedes don't let Lenin in

    We all know why Germany wanted to send Lenin back to Russia. And we also know why the Russian Provisional Government let him return--the Petrograd soviet was insistent that all political exiles, regardless of their views on the war, must be allowed back. But what about neutral Sweden, through...
  13. Bill Thompson defeats Mike Bloomberg for NYC Mayor, 2009

    Have we done anything about it? The race was fairly close: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_New_York_City_mayoral_election (I don't think this is present-day politics--the race was almost twelve years ago--though the fact that Bloomberg was a presidential candidate in 2020 complicates matters.)
  14. Democrats or Republicans shut out of Electoral College in a post-1900 election

    I can't see it happening in 1936--FDR lost both ME and VT by double digits. 1912? Maybe--Taft defeated TR in VT by only 1.91 points and defeated Wilson in UT by 4.91. UT is a hard nut to crack, though--the LDS Church leaders had made an agreement with Mark Hanna years earlier to support the...
  15. President Pete du Pont

    Any plausible way to make the 1988 presidential campaign of Pete Du Pont (January 22, 1935 – May 8, 2021) more successful than in OTL (where he dropped out after finishing next-to-last in the NH primary)? On paper, his qualifications (formerCongresman, former Governor) were as good as many...
  16. Lincoln's "Little Book on Infidelity" Published

    "In 1834, Lincoln tried his own hand at writing 'a little Book on Infidelity.' This was probably no more than an essay written on foolscap 'attacking the divinity of Christ — Special inspiration [of the Bible] — Revelation &c.,' which he was thinking of sending to a newspaper for publication...
  17. Austria-Hungary without a World War I: a physics superpower?

    Seen on the Web: Seriously, consider a few of the great physicists and mathematicians from Austria-Hungary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_von_Neumann https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Teller...
  18. People whose lives were actually *saved* by the Spanish Influenza Pandemic

    There actually seems to be at least one! "With World War I raging in Europe, Szilard received notice on January 22, 1916, that he had been drafted into the 5th Fortress Regiment, but he was able to continue his studies. He enrolled as an engineering student at the Palatine Joseph Technical...
  19. AHC: Give antebellum America some of the things Henry James said it lacked

    I was just reading Henry James' famous 1879 list of the things that America (at least in Hawthorne's day 40 years earlier) lacked: "The negative side of the spectacle on which Hawthorne looked out, in his contemplative saunterings and reveries, might, indeed, with a little ingenuity, be made...
  20. What if no "dual sovereignty" exception to double jeopady

    The US Supreme Court has repeatedly held that it is not a violation of the "double jeopardy" clause of the Fifth Amendment (made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment) for the state and federal governments to proescute an individual for the same conduct. The rationale is that...
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