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« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2007, 09:57:38 pm »
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Event Date: 2-01-1937
Event Description: Colonel George Patton is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at his headquarters in Mukden, Manchuria. Secretary of War McAdoo sends a telegram applauding Patton’s, “Bravery and skill under pressure.” Chinese President Chiang Kai-Sheik attends the ceremony, himself awarding Patton with a medal of valor. At home, this ceremony is covered immensely by Ronald Reagan, now boasting the #1 show on radio. That night, Reagan’s “Voice of the Nation” declares, “This nation has real heroes like Lieutenant Colonel George Patton who know what is actually going on in Manchuria. There is no need for a second opinion by any American here at home.” This blatant attack on Edward Murrow enrages the veteran newsman, declaring that night that Reagan “Seeks to divide us into ‘heroes’ and ‘bums’, his primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We, as Americans, must be free to criticize any government action, especially when our sons and taxes are being called upon every day.  We must not grow to fear accusing the government of anything. We will not walk in fear. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.”

Event Date: 2-03-1937
Event Description: Commander Tojo suffers a major defeat as Admiral Yamamoto’s air force if decimated by the American air force under Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle. Doolittle (who by the end of the war will be an admiral himself) takes control of the battle by finally using the more advanced American air force to its fullest. This victory overshadows the eloquent oratory of Edward R. Murrow the day before. Now, it appears as if Murrow really is, as Ronald Reagan has suggested, a “defeatist.”

Event Date: 2-14-1937
Event Description: Edward R. Murrow resigns as head of communications for CBS radio. The president of CBS Radio had been pressured by such media giants as William Randolph Hearst to drop Murrow for, “Anti-military and defeatist attitudes.” In fact, the Heart owned New York Post calls Murrow, “The greatest cheerleader Hirohito could ever want.” Murrow accepts a job as a correspondent for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

Event Date: 2-16-1937
Event Description: President Hull stamps his approval for “Operation Rolling Fire”. This plan is General MacArthur’s final peg of victory. Admiral Doolittle’s air force is expected to begin massive “carpet bombings” of Kyoto, the provisional capitol of Japan. These attacks will occur at night, a risky endeavor for pilots. They are to begin on March 1st, 1937. General MacArthur promises President Hull that this bombing raid will, “Crush the will of the Japanese Army.”

Event Date: 3-01-1937
Event Description: “Operation Rolling Fire” begins, with incredible success. The Japanese are taken by surprise by a night assault, leaving the civilian population of Kyoto without defenses. After eight hours of unrelenting bombing, Kyoto is in ruins, and Emperor Hirohito and Crown Prince Akihito are dead. The death of the “God Emperor” and his son destroy the will of many Japanese officials.

Event Date: 3-06-1937
Event Description: Prince Higashikuni, the late Emperor Hirohito’s uncle, assumes the role as Emperor. He wires Commander Tojo to make peace with the Americans. “The war is over,” Emperor Higashikuni tells Tojo, “We can no longer be a wall resisting a tsunami.” This analogy is not what impresses Tojo, but when a man whom the nation considers a god tells him to make peace; he is torn between his own honor and that of the nations. After wiring MacArthur at his headquarters requesting a meeting for a peace treaty, Commander Hideki Tojo takes a sword, and does “his duty”

Event Date: 3-15-1937
Event Description: Four years of war ends as the Empire of Japan surrenders to the United States of America aboard the U.S.S. Iowa. General MacArthur, Lieutenant Colonel George Patton (who will be promoted to General in a few months), and Admiral James Doolittle watch on as Admiral Yamamoto and Emperor Higashikuni’s ensigns sign the surrender. The war was a costly one, with the United States losing over 500,000 brave young men. President Cordell Hull addresses the nation that night, telling his fellow Americans, “The forces of freedom have prevailed.”
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Event Date: 3-20-1937
Event Description: General MacArthur bids a tearful farewell to Chinese President Chiang Kai-Sheik and the brave Allied Army in Mukden, the once capitol of Japanese controlled Manchuria. “We’ve seen it all,” MacArthur tells the troops, “But we’ll meet again. There’s always another enemy, another crusade.” MacArthur leaves Colonel Dwight Eisenhower in charge of Manchuria’s reconstruction. The bombastic General MacArthur was asked by Secretary of State Thomas Bayard to allow the more likable Colonel Eisenhower to rebuild the territory. MacArthur, with dreams of the White House in 1940, is willing to let “Ike” take the reins in Asia.

Event Date: 3-26-1937
Event Description: 29-year old War Department official Joseph McCarthy is interviewed by Ronald Reagan on NBC’s top rated radio program “The Voice of the Nation.” McCarthy has made it known that he was the man who, “Rescued General MacArthur from being dismissed by President Hull in December of ’36.” “What a patriot,” Reagan trumpets over the airwaves, “Are both General MacArthur and Appleton’s own Joseph McCarthy.” McCarthy becomes a national hero overnight. The man who saved a triumphant and great General MacArthur from “unfair” firing by a president who was a mere captain in the Spanish-American War is seen as a future president by many on the right.

Event Description: Event Date: 4-04-1937
Event Description: General Douglas MacArthur rides triumphantly down New York City’s “Hero’s Road” in Times Square. The ticker tape parade includes not just MacArthur, but Lieutenant Colonel George Patton, War Department official Joseph McCarthy, Admiral James Doolittle, and Joe Kennedy, the 22-year old “Hero Air Man” of the American-Japanese War. Governor Joseph Kennedy, Senior, watching his son wave to the cheering crowds, tells his wife Rose, “Joe’s going to be the first Catholic President of the United States.”

Event Date: 8-30-1937
Event Description: With most of the troops in Manchuria home from the front, the economy begins to normalize. The switch from wartime to peacetime production is too much of a shift for the economy, and the nation tailspins into a recession. President Hull and the Democratic Congress do not touch the economy, with House Majority Leader John Garner telling the press, “The economy can regulate itself.”   

Event Date: 11-25-1937
Event Description: Bank president Harry Truman meets with several prominent Kansas City businessmen. Most are progressive Hoover Republicans who are unhappy with arch-conservative Senator Bennett Clark. The wealthy Truman, a progressive Republican himself, is known statewide for his jazz saloon and his honest banking techniques, and these traits make him an attractive Republican candidate for Senate. The businessmen ask Truman to consider opposing Clark in the 1938 election. Truman, who since boyhood has dreamt of a political career, accepts their offer.

Event Date: 1-10-1938
Event Description: Massive strikes spread across the nation. The recession caused by the end of the war has led to a steep increase in shortages in housing, groceries, automobiles, and jobs. “The people of our nation call out for aid,” Ronald Reagan tells his massive radio audience, “However, is aid as important as a job?” Reagan, a Conservative Democrat, is a firm believer in people, “Pulling themselves out of poverty by their own bootstraps.” 

Event Date: 2-19-1938
Event Description: Progressive Republican Senators, led by George Norris of Nebraska, introduce a massive New Deal like reform package to the Democratic-controlled Senate. It calls for an increase in public works projects and assured income (“Social Security” as former President Herbert Hoover once called it) for the aging. “This is just more old hat New Dealism,” Senate Majority Whip Franklin Roosevelt tells the Senate in a speech. Neither of these plans will pass through the conservative Democratic Senate.

Event Date: 3-05-1938
Event Description: President Hull and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Robinson work out a plan to reinvigorate the economy. The plan calls for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, hoping that these cuts will stimulate growth by putting money into the pockets of the nation’s most affluent citizens. Ronald Reagan is recruited by the president to pitch his plan to the American people. Reagan bills the President’s tax policy as “Trickle-Down Economics”. “When the Rockefeller’s spend money, their cash goes to Ma and Pa’s stores all over the nation,” he affirms to his listeners that night. Senator Norris calls President Hull’s plan, “One that makes the rich richer and the poor…well the poor.”

Event Date: 8-10-1938
Event Description: The ramifications of President Hull’s tax cuts are seen, and there are mixed results. While the economy has been spurred by the circulation of more money, the unemployment rate is still over 9% and shortages are still occurring. Overall, the regular American voter is not happy with the Hull Administration. In Missouri, Republican banker and Senate candidate Harry Truman is greatly benefiting from the current economic woes, as our most GOP congressional hopefuls this year.

Event Date: 9-21-1938
Event Description: “In Munich, Germany, the security of the continent of Europe has been sold today,” Ronald Reagan tells the nation. Germany’s Fuehrer Adolph Hitler, along with his sidekick dictator Benito Mussolini of Italy, is granted the Sudentland in Czechoslovakia by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. “The United States must not allow such aggression,” Reagan pleads to the nation, “We must treat Hitler the way we treated Hirohito.” The nation, weary of war after the long and bloody struggle against Japan, is in an isolationist mood and chooses to ignore Reagan’s pleas.       

Event Date: 11-06-1938
Event Description: The people pass judgment of President Cordell Hull’s economic policies, and the result is not a pleasant one for the Democrats. The Republican Party retakes both houses of Congress for the first time since 1927. Ten Democratic senators and 41 Congressmen go down in defeat. Among the casualties are Senators Bennett Clark of Missouri, bested by banker Harry Truman, and F. Ryan Duffy of Wisconsin, toppled by “the man who saved MacArthur”, 40-year old lawyer Joseph McCarthy.               
       
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« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2007, 09:30:17 pm »
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This is a great timeline.  I hope you keep it up for as long as it can go.
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DISCLAIMER: These installments may include a turn in history you do not approve of. These are not amde due to racism, anti-semitism, or any xenophobic feelings of the author. These events are added to follow a storyline, so for this reason, the changes must be made.

Event Date: 1-13-1939
Event Description: The new Congress takes office, and the Republican Party dominates. Senate Majority Leader Arthur Vandenberg declares that the Congress will oppose the president’s, “Recessive ideas on civil rights, the economy, and war.” This is said much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Roosevelt, newly elected after serving as second-in-command to now retired Senator Joseph Robinson.   

Event Date: 1-26-1939
Event Description: The fascist powers of Europe take root in Spain, as Generalissimo Francisco Franco and his army take Barcelona, setting up a fascist capitol. In the United States, President Cordell Hull wishes to aide the Spanish Republic, already being aided by a U.S. ally, the Soviet Union. His wishes seem to be pipe dreams to the isolationist Republican Congress. Senate Majority Leader Charles McNary (Republican of Oregon) and Speaker of the House Joseph Martin (Republican of Massachusetts) refuse to use any funds to fight, as Senator McNary says on the senate floor, “Yet another one of President Hull’s foreign wars.”

Event Date: 2-03-1939
Event Description: The Senate passes The Voting Rights Act of 1939. This act, like President Hoover’s act in ten years earlier, ends the poll tax, literacy tests the grandfather clause, and other means that stop African-Americans from voting. This act also requires both major parties to allow people of all races to vote in primaries. President Hull vows to veto the act if it reaches his desk. The next day, the House of Representatives will narrowly pass the act, with Senate Majority Leader Bertrand Snell (Republican of New York) telling his fellow lawmakers, “No veto can stop an idea who’s time has come.”

Event Date: 2-04-1939
Event Description: President Hull vetoes the Voting Rights Act of 1939. “As Senator Kenneth McKeller said in 1929,” the President tells the Congress, “This is not an act of racism, but a defense of the 10th Amendment.” The Republican controlled Senate will override the veto easily but the House is in doubt. House Minority Leader John Garner vows to keep all the Southern Democrats in line, so any defections from the South seem to be unlikely.

Event Date: 2-05-1939
Event Description: The House of Representatives is narrowly able to override the President’s veto of the Voting Rights Act. Representative Henry Rainey (Democrat of Illinois), the House Minority Whip, is able to convince enough Midwestern Democrats to vote to override the veto, thus crushing the tyranny of voter suppression throughout the nation. Hispanics throughout the Southwest, as well as African-Americans nationwide, celebrate this historic act. W.E.B. DuBois, the influential African-American writer, publisher and founder of the NAACP, praises the act as, “The greatest justice this nation has experienced since independence.”

Event Date: 2-10-1939
Event Description: With Franco’s forces taking Catalonia, President Hull and the new Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov communicate via telegraph to discuss the future of American-Soviet relations. Technically, their war time alliance ended with the Japanese surrender in March 1938, but the two nations are still bonded together by their struggle against a tyranny. Molotov demands that Hull send troops to Spain, or at least money to aide the struggling Spanish Republican Army. Hull is forced to tell Molotov that the Congress will not allow such actions. “It stinks when you have a democracy,” Hull jokes with Molotov. Molotov doesn’t find the quip funny. “This situation is serious,” he tells the President, “Our friendship is on the line.”

Event Date: 2-12-1939
Event Description: On Lincoln’s birthday, a group of American, Soviet, French, and British Commonwealth soldiers land in the Jarama Valley of Spain, determined to defend the Republic. Their efforts, though noble, prove to be futile as the German and Italian backed Falangist Army of Generalissimo Franco defeat them and the Spanish Republican Army. The path to Madrid is now open for Franco.

Event Date: 3-15-1939
Event Description: The foreign situation grows grimmer as the German Army swallows the rest of Czechoslovakia and begins to mobilize on the border of Poland. Although it seems that Fuhrer Adolph Hitler is content with his current stealing, everyone in both Europe and the United States knows it is just a matter of time before he fulfills his promise of, “One Germany”, uniting all the German speaking people of Europe.

Event Date: 3-17-1939
Event Description: Ronald Reagan warns the nation of the futility of ignoring the aggression of Adolph Hitler. “We can not blindly claim we are ‘above it all’ and turn a blind eye to foreign affairs,” Reagan warns the nation, “For when we give into appeasement, when we claim freedom is not worth fighting for, then we have paved the path to war ourselves.” His words do not persuade Congress to allocate funds to either the dying Spanish Republic or to the nations of central Europe. 

Event Date: 3-19-1939
Event Description: Secretary of State John Bayard and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov meet in Port Arthur, China, to discuss the future of the American-Soviet alliance. Bayard tells Molotov that he and President Hull want to continue the friendship and aide the nations of Europe against the threat of fascism, “But the damned congress won’t let us.” “Then ignore congress,” Molotov tells Bayard. At this suggestion, Bayard ends the meeting. A former lawyer and U.S. Senator, Bayard will not be told to break the law. The irony of the Port Arthur Conference is that it was at this very city just three years ago, Soviet and American forces were united, fighting against a vicious enemy.

Event Date: 3-21-1939
Event Description: The Economic Reform Act passes in the Senate. Senators George Norris and Harry Truman (Republican of Missouri) are able to pass the Republican plan of expanded public works and Social Security for the elderly. The plan, progressive in the mode of the Hoover Administration, would essentially give rebirth to the New Deal. President Hull and House Minority Leader Garner vow to fight the act.

Event Date: 3-22-1939
Event Description: The House of Representatives fails to pass The Economic Reform Act. A coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans (mostly from the Mountain West) defeat the bill. President Hull, fearing that Congress would once again defy his veto, applauds the decision as, “A victory for the taxpayer.”

Event Date: 4-01-1939
Event Description: The fascist armies of Spain declare victory over the Republican Army as Generalissimo Francisco Franco triumphantly enters Madrid. The American government never intervened on the side of the Republicans, thus dooming the nation to a fascist dictatorship. The American-Soviet friendship seems to be over or at least greatly strained. “I do not fear a chill of ill will between our two nations,” Secretary of State Bayard tells the Washington Times, “But I do believe that our alliance has ended.”

Event Date: 4-07-1939
Event Description: Fascism continues its triumphant march as Italy invades Albania. President Hull offers sanctuary to King Zog of Albania, starting a national crossfire. While isolationists like Senate Majority Leader Arthur Vandenberg call for President Hull to reconsider his actions, more bombastic Republicans want to follow the course of action Senator Joseph McCarthy offers, “If Hull lets that King in here, than the bastard ought to be impeached.” The great fear of both these men is that this action will lead to war between the United States and Italy, and war with Italy means war with its ally, the powerful Nazi Army.

Event Date: 4-08-1939
Event Description: Bowing to public pressure, President Hull cancels his initiation of sanctuary towards the King of Albania. He tells his wife Rose at dinner, “Those Republicans made an act of generosity into an act of war. Is there anything that bunch over on that hill won’t do?” “Yes,” she responds, “Agree with you.”
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Event Date: 4-14-1939
Event Description: John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath is released. His novel is about, “a regular, hard working American family”, the Joad Family. The family is hit hard by the drought in the Midwest as well as the Recession of 1929. As the family tries to work its way out of its misfortune, Tom Joad, the eldest brother, is drafted to fight in Manchuria. Steinbeck’s novel is applauded for its portrayal of both the suffering and the joys of a family struck by economic misfortune and war. John Steinbeck will receive the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

Event Date: 5-03-1939
Event Description: Joseph Kennedy, Junior, enrolls at Harvard University, determined to become educated in political science and be elected to public office after he graduates. His father, Governor Joseph Kennedy, is already telling his associates in Boston that Joe, Junior, will be the first Catholic President of the United States…unless it’s him of course!

Event Date: 8-23-1939
Event Description: In what President Hull sees as a slight towards the United States, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany sign a nonaggression pact. This new alliance with the Nazi regime seems odd, for the Nazis hate Communists.

Event Date: 9-01-1939
Event Description: World War II begins as Nazi tanks and airplanes invade the nation of Poland. In Congress, debate flares over what to do. While interventionist Democrats and Republicans (like Senator Harry Truman of Missouri) argue for the United States to ship arms to Poland, the isolationist voices of Capitol Hill prevail. The United States will leave Europe to sort out its own problems. “We don’t want another war,” House Minority Leader John Garner declares, “Even if Hull does.”

Event Date: 9-03-1939
Event Description: Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, his philosophy of appeasement in tatters, requests assistance from the United States. While President Hull is prepared to send arms (and even troops if necessary), the Congress has flat out stated they will not throw America into another war. For now, Great Britain must fight on without American assistance.

Event Date: 10-13-1939
Event Description: Former President Herbert Hoover is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His tireless work for human rights and massive food relief in World War I, the American-Japanese War, and now the Soviet-Finnish War made him the obvious choice of the committee.

Event Date: 3-31-1940
Event Description: Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg have all fallen before Nazi tanks and planes in this month alone. Norway and Finland fell last month. Next up is France, as Fuhrer Adolph Hitler tells Germany at one of the Nazi Party’s many rallies, "The 26-Year War is about to be won!" In the United States, President Cordell Hull can do nothing but watch as the republics of Europe are crushed by the Nazi blitzkrieg.

Event Date: 4-21-1940
Event Description: President Hull addresses a joint session of Congress. “We can not let blatant aggression go unpunished,” the President tells (or begs), “We as the great power of freedom in the modern world must aide fellow republics against the armies of fascism.” Senator Vandenberg and Speaker Martin see no reason to get involved in another war. “Hitler is not Hirohito,” Martin says, “He has no interest in attacking our ships and our people.” President Hull manages to persuade Senator Franklin Roosevelt to submit the Lend-Lease Act to the Senate, which would allow combatant nations to purchase weapons from the United States. The act fails to even make it out of the Senate Armed Service Committee, as Chairman John Gurney (Republican of South Dakota) refuses to even allow it onto the bill docket.

Event Date: 4-26-1940
Event Date: As the blitzkrieg comes to France, Great Britain is forced into defense against the Nazi threat. With no aide coming from the United States, the chances of victory over the German war machine seem dim.

Event Date: 5-10-1940
Event Description: With the Nazis having breached the French border, the champion of appeasement, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain of Britain resigns. New Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whom knew what the Nazi threat was years before, says, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." Privately, he is not as confident as he tried to sound, and is convinced there will be mostly blood and tears. The United States is unwilling to enter another war, and President Cordell Hull is checkmated by the Republican Congress.

Event Date: 5-14-1940
Event Description: Joe Kennedy writes “Why Do We Sleep”, a term paper for one of his Harvard political science classes. In it, he urges the United States to enter the war in Europe, or to at least send aide to France and Britain. “As Ronald Regan coldly proclaimed advised us in April 1939,” Kennedy writes, “Our nation can not claim we are ‘above’ war.” His paper is given an “A” by his professor, but a solid “F” by Kennedy’s isolationist father. Governor Kennedy, who is running for president, tells his son, “You might as well just have shot me! There’s no way I can win the White House now that everyone thinks my kid is a war nut!” Joe tells his father that, “In that case, I’d rather be right than have you as president.” The stern Governor is not amused.  

Event Date: 6-14-1940
Event Description: Adolph Hitler marches under the Arc De Triumph in Paris. “After 26 years of war,” Hitler tells his adoring nation, “The enemy has finally fallen to our great force.” Most of Continental Europe is under the German heal. "The Battle of France is over," Prime Minister Winston Churchill says. "I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. We shall never surrender."

Event Date: 6-24-1940
Event Description: The Republican National Convention opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The choice of the convention is nearly unanimous: the hero of the Japanese-American War, General Douglas MacArthur. After being pared with New Hampshire Senator Styles Bridges, General MacArthur tells the convention exactly what it wants to hear: “I will never lead this nation into war. I have fought wars, and I don’t want to see anymore. I will be your peacetime president, while the Democrats will give you a wartime president.” Although “The American Caesar” is no dove, he realizes that a war weary populace does not want another war.

Event Date: 8-01-1940
Event Description: The Battle of Britain of begins. The German Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force (RAF) battle over the English Channel and the city of Liverpool. The British air force is forced into defeat, primarily because their aircrafts are not as modern as the German planes. Had they received aide from the United States, the defeat may not have happened. The battle over Britain continues, but with the Brits not expecting an upset victory.

Event Date: 8-04-1940
Event Description: The bombing of London has claimed the most emotionally devastating of casualties. Queen Elizabeth and her daughters, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, are killed. King George VI, in a part of Buckingham Palace that is not hit, is now alone. Prime Minster Churchill will deny the monarchs a state funeral, in fear that such a gathering would be a target for Luftwaffe bombs. Churchill is scorned by the London Times as, “A spiteful old man”, for this action. The people of Britain are turning on their “never surrender” prime minister.
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Event Date: 8-12-1940
Event Description: The Democratic National Convention convenes in Chicago, Illinois, and it is a free-for-all. There are four leading candidates for the presidential nomination:

1) Governor Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts
2) House Minority Leader and 1928 nominee John Garner of Texas
3) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Roosevelt of New York
4) Vice-President James Curley of Massachusetts

Vice-President Curley is the weakest of all the four. Tainted by scandal as Mayor of Boston, Curley would be and easy target for General MacArthur to take out. After the first ballot, Curley throws his support behind Senator Roosevelt. By the 10th ballot, Representative Garner realizes that he too can not win. However, he supports the more isolationist Governor Kennedy. The next day will be a showdown between the internationalist (Roosevelt) and the isolationist (Kennedy), deciding which side will dominate the party.

Event Date: 8-13-1940
Event Description: On the 13th ballot, Senator Franklin Roosevelt is nominated for president. Senator Roosevelt tells the convention that the United States must be, “The great arsenal of democracy.” The disgraced Vice-President has experienced a phoenix-like rise from humiliation to the pinnacle of his party. President Hull, who was a Roosevelt supporter, is instrumental in assuring a Southerner a place on the ticket. Senator William Bankhead of Alabama is nominated for Vice-President. “The 1940 Election,” Ronald Reagan tells the nation “Will be fought with the battle for democracy in Britain as the backdrop.” 

Event Date: 8-22-1940
Event Description: In the shattered ruins of Buckingham Palace, King George VI meets with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. “My wife is dead, my daughters are dead, my people are dead, my spirit is dead,” the grieving King tells Churchill, “And you are to blame. I expect your resignation by the end of the day.” The King has fought enough; he wants a peace with Germany. “I understand your grief, your Majesty," Churchill says, "But I did not become Prime Minister to preside over the dissolution of the British Empire." The King is unmoved: "The only way to avoid that is to resign right now." With his kind demanding his resignation, Churchill, a man of honor when he wants to be, resigns and begins packing for a self-imposed exile to Canada. Foreign Minister Anthony Eden becomes the new Prime Minister, promising, “Peace for our commonwealth.”

Event Date: 8-30-1940
Event Description: The Treaty of Liverpool is signed. British Prime Minster Anthony Eden and German Foreign Minister Herman Goering sign what Ronald Reagan calls, “The greatest concession to evil in history.” All British colonies in the Middle East are turned over to Germany. The Nazi’s now control a great deal of the world’s oil. Italy, like in World War I, is not given much. They are awarded a few British possessions in Africa, but all-in-all; the Nazis have won the peace. Edward R. Murrow of BBC News tells the grieving nation of Great Britain, “I believe that God has not forsaken us. He sometimes is slow to action, but always the wrong shall fail, and the right prevail.” BY borrowing a line once used by Ronald Reagan, the two begin reconciliation. At least some good came from a day when evil seems to have the upper hand.

Event Date: 9-01-1940
Event Description: With the British and French subdued, the German Army turns against their one times allies: The Soviet Union. Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov pleads with the United States to honor their old alliance and send troops to rebuff the German invaders. President Hull is unable to do anything, as Senator Vandenberg tells him that any alliances with Communist will be met, “With a firm ‘no’ by this Congress.”

Event Date: 9-09-1940
Event Description: In a campaign rally in Kansas City, Missouri, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Roosevelt warns the nation that a Nazi dominated Europe means, “Slavery for the citizens of Europe, and eventual doom for freedom throughout the Earth.” Roosevelt supports a new Lend Lease Act for the Soviet Union and occupied Europe. Though the USSR has additional oil reserves in Manchuria, China, who refuses to enter the war on either side, controls most of these oil fields. The Soviet Union is in need of American support, and Roosevelt wants to give them it. “This will not lead to war,” Roosevelt assures the crowd, “But insure that the forces of fascism are defeated.” The Republican response to this speech is that a vote for Roosevelt is a vote for war…and a war for COMMUNISTS no less! “Senator “Red” Roosevelt shows his true colors at last!” Senator Joseph McCarthy tells the Washington Post.

Event Date: 9-11-1940
Event Description: Hero aviator Charles Lindbergh appears at a Macarthur for President Rally, railing against Democratic President Cordell Hull, presidential nominee Franklin Roosevelt, and NBC’s Ronald Reagan. “Hull, Roosevelt, and Reagan are trying to con our nation into war,” Lindbergh tells the rally in San Diego, California, “As Hull tells Molotov and the Soviets that we are tied to their fight, Roosevelt and Reagan paint a rosy picture of war as a ‘crusade for democracy.’ War is no motion picture, and, Mr. Reagan, we can’t all fight wars over the radio waves.” This subtle attack on Reagan’s lack of service in the American-Japanese War enrages “Dutch” Reagan. “Lindbergh’s attack on my patriotism really shows the lows that the Republican Party will stoop to,” Reagan declares on “The Voice of the Nation”, “Lindbergh and MacArthur spread the fear of war, while ignoring the horrors of fascism. They attack me for being unpatriotic, when it is they who truly have sold our nation down the river.”

Event Date: 11-05-1940
Event Description: Despite the powerful rhetoric and plentiful funds for Senator Roosevelt’s campaign, he is unable to overcome the popularity of General MacArthur and his isolationist platform. The race is a close one, far closer than the Gallup Poll or Literary Digest expected:



Douglas MacArthur/Styles Bridges (R): 298 EV; 52.1% of the PV
Franklin Roosevelt/William Bankhead (D): 233 EV; 47.9% of the PV
Others (Socialist, Prohibition, etc.): 0 EV; 2.1% of the PV

In the congressional elections, the Republican Party keeps control of both houses. They actually gain one seat in the Senate, as District Attorney and 1938 Republican gubernatorial nominee Thomas Dewey defeats Democratic businessman Bruce Barton for the seat vacated by Roosevelt. With a mandate to govern, General MacArthur takes the reins.
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« Reply #31 on: October 23, 2007, 01:20:44 am »
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Looks like the Axis Powers will win World War II. On the plus side, we get no Prince Charles and we'll never hear the name Camilla Parker Bowles. Another great installment in the TL, PBrunsel. Shame FDR didn't win over Douglas MacArthur. Will FDR be making anymore appearences in this TL?
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This is a very, very well-done time line. I hope we intervene in Europe before it's too late.
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Thank God that IRL we were spared the possibility of either MacArthur or Joseph Kennedy becoming President. Kind of makes you think someone up there really is looking out for us.

Just wondering, PBrunsel: Was your reference to Lindbergh inspired by Philip Roth's masterful work of alternative history, "The Plot Against America"?
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Amazing timeline, with masterful use of the ripple effect.
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Are you going to continue this?

I'd love to see more of this!
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I want to thanko everyone for their kind comments. THis timelinhe is not dead, far from it.

MikeyMike,

I will continue this timeline tonight. I've been quite busy with work and the assignments from my university. I am also taking courses to become a millitary chaplain on top of these. I feel that in such a job I can serve my nation, though not as much as you have. Smiley
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I want to thanko everyone for their kind comments. THis timelinhe is not dead, far from it.

MikeyMike,

I will continue this timeline tonight. I've been quite busy with work and the assignments from my university. I am also taking courses to become a millitary chaplain on top of these. I feel that in such a job I can serve my nation, though not as much as you have. Smiley

Good for you!
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Event Date: 1-20-1941
Event Description: Douglas MacArthur takes office as the President of the United States. “The greatest patriots are those that keep their country first,” President MacArthur declares in his Inaugural Address. Such famous (or infamous in internationalists opinions) “America first” men like Charles Lindbergh (appointed Secretary of the Air Force), J. Edgar Hoover (the new Attorney General), Henry Ford (the new Commerce Secretary), and Morgan Larson (the new Secretary of State), will comprise his cabinet. All these men, except ironically J. Edgar Hoover, are Herbert Hoover progressives, but also isolationists.

Event Date: 2-03-1941
Event Description: The Dresden Conference begins. This conference reorganizes the occupied territories in Nazi Europe. Germany takes all of Austria, Alsace-Lorraine in France, the Sudentland in Czechoslovakia, and other German speaking regions of Central Europe. “The Third Reich has united Germany,” Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels triumphantly tells the German people. In France, pro-German former Prime Minster Pierre Laval is selected to lead the nation. The wear against the Soviet Union continues, but Fuehrer Adolph Hitler shows no fear of losing to the Russians. After all, he has all the oil he needs and only one front to fight.

Event Date: 3-04-1941
Event Description: Secretary of State Larson and German Foreign Minster Hermann Goring sign the “Copenhagen Understanding”. This “understanding” declares that the United States and Nazi Germany will never go to war, and the U.S. will stay neutral in the conflict between Germany and the USSR. President MacArthur applauds this agreement as, “A great measure of peace between our two prosperous, powerful nations.” Ronald Reagan tells the nation that night, “President MacArthur and his crew have sold the freedom of Europe and Asia for the cheap linen of ‘safety’.” Reagan paraphrases Benjamin Franklin by warning that nation that, “Will give up freedom for safety will have none, and deserves neither.”

Event Date: 4-10-1941
Event Description: Senate Majority Leader Arthur Vandenberg meets with Senator Harry Truman and asks him to do something that will truly make history: introduce a full Civil Rights Act for the year 1941. “We knew we could get a Northern man to do the job,” Vandenberg tells Harry, “But it would mean a great deal more if a man from a border state like Missouri introduces this bill.” Truman tells Vandenberg that he will have to talk to his wife and daughter, Bess and Margaret Truman, before agreeing to introduce the act. “Of course Harry,” Vandenberg responds with his usual good natured cheer, “Just get back to me in a few days.”

Event Date: 4-12-1941
Event Description: Despite fears over what his mother might think, Senator Harry Truman agrees to introduce the Civil Rights Act. This act will outlaw discrimination by race in all public facilities and government offices. Former President Herbert Hoover, who had supported such an act in the 1920s, applauds Senator Truman for being a, “Man of great bravery.”

Event Date: 4-22-1941
Event Description: Despite Senate Minority Leader Alben Barkley attempting a filibuster, the solidly controlled Republican Senate passes the Civil Rights Act. Senator Truman, up for reelection in conservative Missouri, seems to understand that his actions will make him unpopular, but as he is fond of saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Event Date: 4-23-1941
Event Description: The House of Representatives passes the Civil Rights Act of 1941 by a wide margin. President MacArthur signs the act in a Rose Garden ceremony. Flanking the president are track star Jesse Owens, former President Herbert Hoover, Senator Harry Truman, and singer Marian Robertson. NBC’s “Voice of the Nation” Ronald Reagan, though a conservative Democrat, applauds the act as, “One that will ensure the American Dream to all who want to attain it.”

Event Date: 5-01-1941
Event Description: The Nazi Army begins the Battle of Stalingrad. Without aide from the United States (or any other nation for that fact), as well as the Nazis new oil reserves from their Middle Eastern territories, the Soviet Union appears to be stuck in a losing fight.

Event Date: 5-12-1941
Event Description: The Nazi Army’s First Panzer Division, under Fieldmarschal Erwin Rommell, takes Stalingrad. The march to Moscow continues as Josef Stalin begins forced conscription of all Soviet men and boy between the ages of 16 and 45. “He’s drafting old men and boys not yet out of school,” BBC’s Edward Murrow tells the continent, “Truly; war shows how desperate some men can become.”

Event Date: 6-04-1941
Event Description: President Douglas MacArthur signs the Pilipino Independence Act, introduced by Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican of Wisconsin). With no enemy in the Far East, for Japan is a Constitutional Monarchy and China is, technically, a republic, the United States has no reason to hold onto the islands. The Commander of the Filipino Army, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower, resigns his post and returns home to serve as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Event Date: 7-04-1941
Event Description: The defunct Abraham Lincoln Brigade is reborn, as about 400 pro-Soviet Americans and Brits head off to the USSR to fight the Nazi invader. British opera singer Paul Robeson sends them off by performing the Soviet National Anthem. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, former Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace, State Department official Alger Hiss, and former Ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt found the Abraham Lincoln Society. This new society promises to battle against fascism in any way it can. 

Event Date: 7-10-1941
Event Description: Attorney General J., Edgar Hoover is told by Senator Joseph McCarthy of a “Red threat” in the United States. “It is called ‘The Abraham Lincoln Society’”, Senator McCarthy tells Attorney General Hoover, “And it’s run by internationalist like Wallace and Roosevelt’s wife.” Hoover, looking for a way to crack down on Communists, both foreign and domestic, begins a secret reconnaissance on the Abraham Lincoln Society. Hoover selects George Lincoln Rockwell, a recent entrant into the FBI, to be “the mole” in the Abraham Lincoln Society.   

Event Date: 10-22-1941
Event Description: The German Army surrounds Moscow. After several months of fighting against hit and run attacks by untrained Soviet conscripts, Fieldmarschal Rommell has made it to the very, “Gates of hell.” The attack on Moscow will prove to be a costly attack.

Event Date: 10-24-1941
Event Description: After two days of endless fighting, the Nazi Flag flies over the Kremlin. Soviet Premier Josef Stalin and his staff flee to Tara, in Siberia. The Abraham Lincoln Brigade is decimated, but the Abraham Lincoln Society will continue as an “underground railroad” for Soviet Communist Party members as well as a financier for anti-Nazi resistance groups throughout Europe. The people of the Soviet Union, starved by the war, welcome Fieldmarschal Rommell and his troops.

Event Date: 10-31-1941
Event Description: George Rockwell attends his first meeting at the Abraham Lincoln Society. Chairman Henry Wallace, Vice-Chairman Alger Hiss, and Treasurer Eleanor Roosevelt welcome the new member, unaware that he is a spy for Attorney General J., Edgar Hoover. The meeting focuses on funneling funds to the European resistance to the Nazis.

Event Date: 11-22-1941
Event Description: Thanksgiving at the Kennedy home in Hyanisport, Massachusetts, is a happy one. Governor Joseph P. Kennedy, Senior, is overjoyed that his oldest son, Joe, is not just a war hero, but also an Assistant Professor at Harvard University in the Political Science Department. John Kennedy, now 24, has become an accomplished writer, his book “Churchill: A Profile in Foolishness”, becomes a best seller. Governor Kennedy seems to have all he wants…but the Oval Office. That night, the elder Kennedy discusses a run for president in 1944, and meets approval from his family.

Event Date: 12-22-1941
Event Description: Premier Josef Stalin is assassinated in Tara, the provisional Soviet capitol, by Foreign Minister Molotov. With the USSR collapsing, Molotov wants to keep the USSR as much in tact as possible. He will send ensigns to Fieldmarschal Rommell’s headquarters in Moscow to formally surrender.

Event Date: 12-24-1941
Event Description: The Soviet Union surrenders to the Third Reich. The Treaty of Kiev (held in Ukraine as a slight to the Russians) abolishes the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Ukraine and other republics are freed, and Russia itself is cut off from important oil reserves in Siberia. Premier Molotov resigns as he sings the Soviet anthem in defiance, “Our banner will live in the memory of nations, and all generations will honor its name.”

Event Date: 12-31-1941
Event Description: Former Russian President Alexander Kerensky returns in triumph to Moscow. With the Soviet Union now dissolved, Kerensky was called back from exile in Paris to once again take the reins of government. Although Fuhrer Adolph Hitler thinks that Kerensky is too left-winged, Fieldmarschal Rommell allows Kerensky to take office. The Russian Federation is established as the Hammer and Sickle are lowered from above
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Event Date: 1-05-1942
Event Description: Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover meets with George Lincoln Rockwell, the FBI “mole”. Rockwell tells Hoover that the Abraham Lincoln Society is harboring former Soviet refugees and funneling money to anti-Nazi resisters throughout Europe. Attorney General Hoover now feels that he has the evidence needed to convict the members of the Abraham Lincoln Society of espionage.

Event Date: 2-14-1942
Event Description: “The Hoover Raids” occur. Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover orders the FBI (under Chief Allan Dulles) to raid the homes of Henry Wallace, Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Eleanor Roosevelt. All these people were higher-ups in the Abraham Lincoln Society. Dulles’ agents find two Soviet refugees in the home of former Soviet Ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt. Former Senator Franklin Roosevelt tells the authorities that he never knew about these refugees, since he and his wife have now lived apart since 1941. It is found that Whittaker Chambers, a senior member of the society and Alger Hiss have been working together to switch funds from a charity to aiding the French Resistance against the Vichy government. Secretary Wallace’s home is searched as well, but not much is found.

Event Date: 2-15-1942
Event Description: Eleanor Roosevelt, Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and Henry Wallace are arrested by the FBI for espionage. Ronald Reagan calls the charges, “The most ridiculous ones ever waged. J. Edgar Hoover is trying to divide our nation through making up enemies.” Reagan’s words do not stop the mass hysteria over “domestic Red spies.” William Randolph Hearst’s news media goes into full panic mode over the arrests. President Douglas MacArthur calls for the outlaw of the United States Communist Party. “We can not allow traitors in this nation,” the President tells reporters, “Any person who is a Communist has allegiances not to Old Glory, but to a foreign government.”

Event Date: 2-17-1942
Event Description: Senator Joseph McCarthy takes advantage of the recent hysteria over domestic Communists to introduce the Loyalty Act. This act outlaws the Communist Party of the United States, as well as requires all government officials, current and former, to take an oath of loyalty to the United States. The Republican Party is split by this act. While some progressives Republicans support the act, a great deal of Republicans (led by Senator Hiram Johnson of California) believes that the act is anti-Freedom of Speech. Midwestern and Eastern Republicans (who support the act) are taking on Western Republicans. The Democrats, primarily conservative Southerners, support the act.

Event Date: 2-20-1942
Event Description: Senator John Thomas (Republican of Idaho), usually a nominal conservative, takes the floor in the Senate, opposing the Loyalty Act. “This act is one that does away with the First Amendment,” Senator Thomas tells his colleagues, “Once we do away with this amendment, than we are no different from the Communists or the Nazis, for that matter.” The Senator is both cheered and booed from the galleries. Despite impassioned speeches against the act, Senate Majority Leader Vandenberg shepherds the Loyalty Act through the Senate. The House of Representatives will pass the act as well.

Event Date: 2-21-1942
Event Description: President Douglas MacArthur sings the Loyalty Act. With Senator Joseph McCarthy and Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover standing behind him, the Communist Party of the United States is outlawed. With membership in this party now illegal, Attorney General Hoover and FBI Chief Dulles begin to arrest as many domestic Communists as possible.

Event Date: 2-25-1942
Event Description: The FBI arrests Julius Rosenberg at his home in New York City. His wife Ethel is not arrested, but is put under indefinite house arrest. The Rosenberg’s were members of the Abraham Lincoln Society and the Communist Party USA. Also today, Henry Wallace and General Secretary Earl Browder of the Communist Party USA are imprisoned for “espionage”. The ACLU vows to defend all charged.

Event Date: 3-03-1942
Event Description: The Los Angeles based trial for Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers concludes with both being found guilty of treason. NBC’s Ronald Reagan, who has divided feelings on this case, refused to intervene over the radio on behalf of the defendants. The prosecuting attorney, a Japanese-American War veteran, Richard Nixon is cheered as a hero by the nation’s newspapers.

Event Date: 3-15-1942
Event Description: Senator Eugene Millikin (Republican of Colorado) introduces the Interstate Highway Act of 1942. Once again, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower will testify before the Senate that the nation’s roads are a mess, and must be redone. Senator Harry Truman, the man who brought paved roads to Missouri, vows to fight for the act. Alone amongst Midwestern Republicans who voted against the Loyalty Act, Senator Millikin thanks Harry for the vote, but asks him to stay quiet about support for the bill. Millikin fears that some Republicans will use this bill to get back at the Missouri Senator for opposing an act that they supported.

Event Date: 3-18-1942
Event Description: Senate Minority Leader Alben Barkley fails to stop the Republican dominated Senate from passing the Interstate Highway Act. House Minority Leader John McCormack supports the act, passing it through a more hostile House of Representatives. President MacArthur sings the act, and appoints his old aide, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight Eisenhower to head up the building effort.

Event Date: 5-01-1942
Event Description: On May Day, President MacArthur recognizes the Russian Federation and other republics of the former USSR.

Event Date: 11-04-1942
Event Description: With the economy improving, civil rights passed, and the people united against internal communism, a political oddity occurs: the incumbent party gains seats in Congress. The Republican Party picks up seven seats in the Senate, and six in the House of Representatives. The Democratic Party is now limited to the South and the East Coast. “The Democratic Party is a national party no more,” the Chicago Sun Times declares. Also, this election marks an election where Japanese-American War veterans are elected to Congress for the first time. Gerald Ford wins in Michigan and Richard Nixon in California are two such Congressmen.
         

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Event Date: 11-05-1942
Event Description: Governor Joseph P. Kennedy, who chose not to seek a fifth term as Governor of Massachusetts yesterday, announces his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President in 1944. “President MacArthur is bankrupting our nation with his economic schemes,” Governor Kennedy declares in his announcement address, “His policies are a mirror of Herbert Hoover’s New Deal, a new steal from the American taxpayer.” Kennedy, however, agrees with the President’s polices on fighting internal Communism and foreign affairs.

Event Date: 1-04-1943
Event Description: In California, Earl Warren is inaugurated as the 30th Governor of California. Warren is a progressive Republican, much like Herbert Hoover. The power of Hoover over his party is still great, even though men like Senator McCarthy and Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover are trying to pry the GOP into the wings of the far-right.

Event Date: 1-19-1943
Event Description: Henry Wallace is sentenced to 20-years in prison for espionage and harboring foreign nationals illegally. Wallace, the former chair of the Abraham Lincoln Society, tells the court in his final statement of the case, “I will accept this sentence as a political prisoner accepts his chains in Nazi Germany. This world is truly not worth living in when men like Adolph Hitler and J. Edgar Hoover are allowed to decide what speech and actions are ‘loyal’ and which are ‘treasonous.’ I pray that one day this nation will awake to reality, and until then we must stay in the darkness, taking the world into the abyss with us.” Attorney General Hoover tells the warden at Terre Haute Federal Penitentiary to put Wallace on suicide watch. The line, “This world is truly not worth living in,” alarmed Hoover a great deal.

Event Date: 1-22-1943
Event Description: Drake University law student and 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick announces that he will stand as a candidate for Des Moines City Council for the city’s 1943 municipal elections. A progressive Republican like fellow Iowan, President Herbert Hoover, Kinnick has been touted as a possible Presidential candidate in the 1950s or 1960s.

Event Date: 3-31-1943
Event Description: Oklahoma! opens on Broadway, the first integrated musical ever. The legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1941 is finally showering themselves to the nation.

Event Date: 4-25-1943
Event Description: The Kiev Trials begin. These trials, conducted under the watchful eyes of Nazi officials, try former Soviet leaders for, “crimes against decency.” Those officials involved in the Ukrainian Famine of the 1930s are punished as are those who governed Soviet cities who harbored the Red Army during the short Second Great War. Great deals of Soviet officers and soldiers are convicted of mass murdering Polish at Wehrmacht. NBC’s Ronald Reagan calls the trials, “Justice for those who deserve it. We can only hope that one day those Nazis who oversaw the trials will meet a similar fate.”

Event Date: 8-03-1943
Event Description: John F. Kennedy begins working for the New York Times as a member of their editorial board. Kennedy, an aspiring journalist, focuses his first editorial on supporting Senator Joe McCarthy’s battle against domestic Communists; McCarthy is, after all, an old family friend.

Event Date: 11-07-1943
Event Description: In nationwide off-year elections, several future political stars are elected to their first offices. In Iowa, Nile Kinnick is elected to the Des Moines City Council. Kinnick is a Republican. In Massachusetts, Joe Kennedy is elected to the Massachusetts State House. Kennedy is expected to run for his father’s old seat in Congress in 1944, but the State House will suit him for now. 
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Event Date: 1-03-1943
Event Description: In China, the decade of peace between Chiang Kai-Sheik’s Nationalists and Mao Tse-Tung’s Communists comes to an end. The city of Jinan, which has been a hotbed of strife between eh opposing sides since the 1930s, is rocked by an explosion in the town’s marketplace. President Kai-Sheik blames the explosion on the Communists, while Mao Tse-Ting decries, “Nationalists and fascist thugs” in the explosion. The Chinese Civil War is reborn, and Adolf Hitler sees an opportunity to expand his reach into the Far East.

Event Date: 1-05-1943
Event Description: Colonel Liu Chih, a Nationalist Chinese military leader and diplomat, and German Foreign Minister Hermann Goering meet at Chongqing to sign the “Alliance of Friendship.” Nazi Germany and Nationalist China will be allies in the Chinese Civil War. In the United States, still fresh from the Communist conspiracies which Attorney General Hoover had brought to light, heartily applauds this decision. “The Voice of the Nation” Ronald Reagan, no fan of the Nazis, even comments that the alliance, “Is a good temporary one. It will allow the communists to be defeated, and thus allow the experiment of democracy in China to continue.” Vice-President Styles Bridges is blunter, “I hope that every one of those Yellow Reds is killed. The only good communist I know are the dead ones.”

Event Date: 2-27-1943
Event Description: Nationalist forces rout the Communists at the Battle of Zhangiakou, located in Northern China. With aide from Nazi Germany and the support of Japan, the Nationalist forces chase the Communists behind the border of Mongolia.

Event Date: 3-30-1943
Event Description: Malcolm Little, an 18-year old New York City laborer, begins to attend night classes at a local Harlem high school. After being told by a junior high teacher in 1937 that being a lawyer was, “No job for a nigger,” Little had dropped out of school. However, inspired by President MacArthur’s civil rights reforms, Little has decided to reenter education. He hopes to become a lawyer, and perhaps one day, a judge.

Event Date: 4-15-1943
Event Description: Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover and Vice-President Styles Bridges address a meeting of Republican war veterans in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “The battle against internal communism is not over,” Hoover tells the group, “Through investigations led by Vice-President Bridges, Director Dulles, and myself; we have discovered over 120 former Soviet agents and sympathizers throughout the State Department.” Vice-President Bridges hammers home the address by declaring that, “Alger Hiss was only the tip of the iceberg.”

Event Date: 4-20-1943
Event Description: Former Ambassador and Second Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt is convicted of harboring foreign nationals and espionage by a court in New York City. The last of the founding officers of the now illegal Abraham Lincoln Society now heads off to federal prison. “I would like to say that domestic Communist sympathizers are now laid on the ash heap of history,” Ronald Reagan tells his listeners that night, “But Attorney General Hoover will make sure the issue stays in the papers. He thrives on charges of treason.”

Event Date: 5-01-1943
Event Description: May Day is not a bright one for the few remaining Communists worldwide. The USSR is gone, Chinese Communists are forced behind the Mongolian border, international Communism is extremely unpopular, fascist states now dominate Europe, and the United States begins another chapter of J. Edgar Hoover’s crusade against domestic Communists. By President Decree, all government workers are forced to testify before the Hoover Commission, a special presidential commission determined on, “Rooting out all traces of foreign allegiance in our government.”

Event Date: 6-2-1943
Event Description:  Councilman Nile Kinnick, winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy as a running back for the University of Iowa, graduates from Drake Law School. Graduating valedictorian, he declares in his speech, “When the members of any nation have come to regard their country as nothing more than the plot of ground on which they reside, and their government as a mere organization for providing police or contracting treaties; when they have ceased to entertain any warmer feelings for one another than those which interest or personal friendship or a mere general philanthropy may produce, the moral dissolution of that nation is at hand." Now a Des Moines City Councilman, many in the Hawkeye State believe that Kinnick will go on to become a national figure in politics.

Event Date: 12-26-1943
Event Description: The Communist forces in China are decimated at their last stand at Tianjin. Mao Tse-Tung commits suicide as his forces are slaughtered by the Nationalists Army, backed by Nazi guns. The Chinese Civil War ends.  
 

Event Date: 3-20-1944
Event Description:  “Kowloon,” a film about two British citizens fleeing the Middle East as the Nazi Army takes control of the territory, wins the Academy Award for Best Picture. Although regarded by some film fans as an all-time classic due to the doomed love story between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and a script containing some of the best-remembered lines in film history, its portrayal of German soldiers as rapists, monsters, and barbarians infuriates German Propaganda Minster Joseph Goebbels. He demands an apology for the tone of the film, but none will come. “Wow!” Ronald Reagan tells the nation in amazement that night, “President MacArthur didn’t bow to the Nazis on this one. I guess Bogart finally bought someone else a beer, either that or hell just froze over.”

Event Date: 4-24-1944
Event Description: Ronald Reagan and John Wayne, two conservative Democratic entertainers, begin the “Draft George Marshall for President in 1944 Committee.” Marshall, the former Army Chief of Staff, does not turn down the rumors he will run for president in 1944, but he does not campaign for the nomination. The Democratic Convention in Chicago this July will probably be a free-for-all, as no strong candidate has emerged.

Event Date: 5-26-1944
Event Description: Henry Wallace, serving his time in Terre Haute Penitentiary, announces that he will seek the Presidency, with controversial Congressman Vito Marcantonio as his running-mate. “We seek the Oval Office as a ticket of political prisoners and those considered ‘traitors’,” Wallace tells reporters, “Because we want to show the people of this nation that we are innocent of the crimes against us, and should not be prisoners in the first place.” The Wallace-Marcantonio Ticket is considered a joke by the Washington Establishment, but angry left-wingers will find a refuge in this ticket.  

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Event Date: 7-19-1944
Event Description: The Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, Illinois. The popular President Douglas MacArthur is seen as unstoppable, and with the fear over domestic Communism and the economy roaring there seems to be few big name Democrats who want to take on the President. Former Massachusetts Governor Joseph P. Kennedy, General George Marshall of Pennsylvania, Former Indiana Governor Paul McNutt, Senator Claude Pepper of Florida, and former Senator James Byrnes of South Carolina are the frontrunners for the Presidential nomination.

Event Date: 7-21-1944
Event Description: After a full day of balloting, Governor McNutt is nominated on the 32nd Ballot, with Senator Pepper as his running-mate. Once again, Joseph Kennedy is denied the presidential nomination. He storms out of the convention, but that is all. He knows that his son, Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy, Junior, is seeking a seat in the House of Representatives, and he will not jeopardize his son’s political future. “Joe’s going to be the first Catholic President of the United States,” Kennedy tells his wife Rose, “If I can’t be, then I’ll make damn sure he can.”

Event Date: 7-22-1944
Event Description: “What a ticket!” Attorney general Hoover bellows at a Republican Women’s Meeting in Wheeling, West Virginia, “The Democrats have nominated a utopian liberal like McNutt and Senator Claude “Red” Pepper. It’s as if the ghost of Stalin was sending them a message on who to nominate.” Hoover’s red bating will become the Republican’s main strategy in the 1944 Campaign.

Event Date: 8-11-1944
Event Description: The Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, triumphantly nominates President Douglas MacArthur and Vice-President Styles Bridges for reelection. The keynote speaker of the night is Senator Joseph McCarthy. “It is our duty as Americans and Republicans,” McCarthy tells the convention, “That we continue to find those who have sold our country down the river. I will not rest until we have routed out all the Communist and traitors and bring them to justice!”

Event Date: 8-21-1944
Event Description: Governor McNutt tells a group of Jewish voters at a Long Island campaign rally that the MacArthur Administration is targeting the wrong threat. “While Hoover, Bridges, and MacArthur attack the nonexistent Communist threat,” McNutt orates to his listeners, “the Nazi Swastika has killed over 20 million of you fellow Jewish brothers and sisters. As President, I would make sure that such calamites are not overlooked, and that those responsible are brought to justice.” despite being propped up by Ronald Reagan that night, the Republican campaign is able to spin this speech into a, “Vote for McNutt and Vote for War” talking point. McNutt’s speech, however, will not be forgotten.

Event Date: 9-01-1944
Event Description: Malcolm Little enters the University of Michigan, majoring in Pre-Law and Political Science. He hopes to later go to Harvard University to study law.

Event Date: 11-7-1944
Event Description: President Douglas MacArthur and the entire Republican Party win a massive landslide in the elections held today.


Douglas MacArthur/Styles Bridges (R): 456 EV; 57.8% of the PV
Paul McNutt/Claude Pepper (D): 75 EV; 39.3% of the PV
Henry Wallace/Vito Marcantonio (I): 0 EV; 2.6% of the PV
Others (Prohibition, Labor, etc.): 0 EV; 0.3% of the PV

The Republican Party gains three more seats in the Senate, and six more in the House of Representatives. However, a new Congressman will be Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Junior, elected to his father’s old seat in Congress. A future leader of the Democratic Party is elected in one of the worst defeats for the party in history. Perhaps a better day is coming?   

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« Reply #43 on: November 12, 2007, 03:51:24 pm »
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Great update PBrunsel. This TL is really good, but scary considering we've got Douglas MacArthur in the White House. I have two questions to ask about the timeline and they are:

1) Are you planning on making Malcolm Little have a political career? Because I have read a TL where he ends up becoming Attorney-General in a Reagan Administration from 1973-1977.

2) With Joseph P. Kennedy Jnr elected into the House of Reps in 1944, what's Jack and Bobby going to do in this TL? Will they make an appearence anytime soon, or will they be unrecognisable in this Alternative world?
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« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2007, 01:38:51 pm »
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Rockefeller Republican,

The greatness sadness of this timeline is not that President MacArthur is the the Oval Office (though some may feel that is upsetting), the real upsetting part is yet to come.

1) Malcolm Little in politics? I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I will get him elected to Congress or Governor from Michigan or New York. He's not going to be president, I can assure you of that. If anything, I think he'd make a fine Supreme Court Justice. Wink

2) Jack and Bobby will play a role in Joe's political career. In this timeline, Joe Kennedy is a newly elected Congressman (with an eye on the White House), John Kennedy is a writer for the New York Times Editorial board, and Bobby is still at Harvard University, working on becoming a lawyer.

As a disclaimer, there will be some men elected president who you may not like, or perhaps despise. I elect these men president to keep the story in terseting, and to set up for further plot.
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« Reply #45 on: November 13, 2007, 06:28:48 pm »
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I'm relieved, and a bit surprised, to learn that MacArthur has been President for four whole years and the country is still intact.
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« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2007, 07:32:47 pm »
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I'm relieved, and a bit surprised, to learn that MacArthur has been President for four whole years and the country is still intact.
Or at least intact enough that he was reelected.
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« Reply #47 on: November 15, 2007, 01:55:11 pm »
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I'm relieved, and a bit surprised, to learn that MacArthur has been President for four whole years and the country is still intact.

Well gorkay,

President MacArthur really can't do a great deal in this timeline besides pass bills coming from a Republican dominated Congress. He really is a rubber stamp for Senate Majority Leader Arthur Vandenberg. By being elected on an isolationist platform and appointing an isolationist Secretary of State, MacArthur has taken away his power over foreign affairs, The greatest harm he could do would be to continue supporting the Communist hunts of Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover.
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« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2007, 11:28:46 pm »
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A short update. A larger one will come this weekend, I hope.


The Second Term of President Douglas MacArthur (1945-1949)

Event Date: 1-20-1945
Event Description: President Douglas MacArthur is inaugurated for his second term as President of the United States. “Dig-in Doug”, as the press corp. calls the passive President, looks forward to what he feels will be another four-years of relative peace and prosperity. In a few days, President MacArthur will facer major setbacks to this goal.

Event Date: 1-24-1945
Event Description: The Nazi German Reich fires off the first long range A4-rocket. German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler declares that his “Aryan race” is destined to use rockets to, “Spread the thousand year Reich throughout the heavens and to the stars.” In the United States, fear over the rocket is not over the fear of military attack, but far more over the threat of the USA becoming a second-rate power in the realm of education. Senator Harry Truman of Missouri (narrowly reelected last year after a hard fought campaign) tells the Senate that night that, “The Nazi Swastika flies over us tonight, mocking our democracy.” When Senator Joseph McCarthy tells Truman that his attacks on an American friend are, “Near traitorous”, Truman responds, “If I’m a traitor the United States is in one hell of a shape.”

Event Date: 1-25-1945
Event Description: Newly inaugurated Secretary of War Charles Lindbergh meets with former Army Chief-of-Staff George Marshall. The purpose of this meeting revolves around a theory that President Cordell Hull kept quite secret: Atomic Power. After seeing the power of Nazi rockets, the MacArthur Administration is now serious about matching the Nazis in firepower. Secretary Lindbergh, who loathes war and wants to be a peaceful Secretary of War, asks Marshall to head up a reinvigorated version of Hull’s old Manhattan Project. General Marshall will eventually accept the offer.

Event Date: 1-31-1945
Event Description: Prime Minister Benito Mussolini is deposed by Italian war hero Rodolfo Graziani in a Berlin-backed coup. Adolf Hitler had lost his need for Mussolini, and with the Italian economy tanking since 1943, “Il Duce” was considered to be a failing leader since the Italian victory in the Second Great War.   

Event Date: 1-27-1945
Event Description: Oskar Schindler, a Czech-born Polish businessman who has used his factories to protect Jews from the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, is arrested by SS Guards. He is charged with, “Subversive activity towards the Third Reich.” He will be executed, but his wife, Emile, is still alive.

Event Date: 2-06-1945
Event Description: American President Douglas MacArthur, Russian President Alexander Kerensky, Canadian Prime Minster William King, Japanese Prime Minister Kantarō Suzuki, British Prime Minister Clement Atlee, and Chinese President Chiang Kai-Sheik meet in Ontario, Canada. This meeting of world democracies is looked on with suspicion by those nations in the grip of the Third Reich. The greatest achievement of this world forum comes when President MacArthur announces that soon the United States will have a weapon of great power, and all the nations agree that such protection is needed. No one can tell when the Nazis will decide to goosestep into war again.

Event Date: 2-19-1945
Event Description: The Senate passes the Truman Education Act. Senator Harry Truman, greatly frightened by the Nazi educational system, revamps the American educational system by increasing focus on science, math, and…history. “What’s the point of having the weapons to face tyranny if we don’t have the knowledge of freedom to realize why we want to face them?” The act will pass the House of Representatives, with near unanimous support.

Event Date: 2-24-1945Event Description: The nation of Egypt was one territory that Nazi Germany or Mussolini’s Italy was not awarded in the Treaty of Liverpool in 1940. However, the Third Reich is now given a chance to remedy this oversight. Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Mahir Pasha is assassinated by Muslim fanatics while addressing the Egyptian Parliament. Hitler, Goering, and Goebbels begin their plan to take the government of Egypt as their own.

Event Date: 2-25-1945
Event Description: Italian Prime Minister Rodolfo Graziani announces that Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Mahir Pasha was killed not by Muslim fanatics, but by Communists who conspired against the fascist friendly Mahir Pasha. After producing some “evidence” of his charge, Prime Minister Graziani gives complete allowance of Nazi Armies to use Italy as an avenue to invade Egypt, which is now ruler less. NBC”s Ronald Reagan calls this episode in world diplomacy, “Something right out of Iago’s playbook.”

Event Date: 3-01-1945
Event Description: Fieldmarschal Erwin Rommell enters Thebes, Egypt, along with his Panzer Division. The Nazi Army has sworn to the world that Rommell’s presence is not a conquering one, but a peacekeeping one. Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover applauds the actions of Nazi Germany. “Finally,” he tells his friend Senator McCarthy, “Someone else wants some order in this world.” Adolf Hitler and his council want far more than simple “order” in Egypt; they have a “final solution” for the Muslims, a program to be headed by the mastermind of the well hidden Jewish holocaust: the 41-year old Reinhard Heydrich.
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« Reply #49 on: November 17, 2007, 02:22:47 pm »
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Very, very scary.
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