Category Archives: Alternate History

The Bull Moose’s Legacy: A Lasting Progressive Party, Part 7

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 The 1936 presidential election was an important milestone for the Progressive Party. George Norris, the party’s first successful presidential candidate, had become a national symbol for the Progressives, … Continue reading

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The Bull Moose’s Legacy: A Lasting Progressive Party, Part 6

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 In foreign policy matters, President George Norris generally followed the older isolationist wing of the Progressive Party. The first action of the Norris administration was a reorganization of military appropriations, … Continue reading

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“The Probability Broach” Review

In attempting to get a political message across in a book, many authors can fall into the trap of sacrificing story to emphasize the message in a way that pulls the reader out of the narrative. Political tracts such as … Continue reading

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A Century of Presidential Women: Part 2

Part 1 Here is a recap of the complete list of presidents: Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) 1933-1941 Hattie Caraway (D-AR) 1941-1945 Minnie Fisher Cunningham (D-TX) 1945-1953 Gladys Pyle (R-SD) 1953-1961 Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) 1961-1969 Lurleen Wallace (D-AL) 1969 [Died in … Continue reading

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A Century of Presidential Women: Part 1

Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and in the spirit of the day, I thought I would present the result of an alternate history challenge I did a while ago. The challenge was to create a list of presidents, … Continue reading

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The Bull Moose’s Legacy: A Lasting Progressive Party, Part 5

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The reelection of George Norris in 1932 despite the poor state of the economy came as a shock to many in the Democratic and Republican parties. Both parties were sure that the … Continue reading

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Metropolis, IL and the Proposal for a Western District of Columbia

The small town of Metropolis in southern Illinois is known largely for sharing its name with city where Superman lives in the DC Comics universe. Metropolis has a population of under 6,500 people, but it has gained notoriety as the … Continue reading

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Foreign-Born US Presidential Candidates, Part 4

The final pair of foreign-born American politicians who would have been strong contenders for the presidency are notable in that they are in modern politics, and that they are both women. The first is former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. … Continue reading

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Foreign-Born US Presidential Candidates, Part 3

The next pair of foreign-born politicians who could have been presidential contenders are both Germans who migrated to the Northeastern United States, and each became part of the political establishment in the region. The first is Robert F. Wagner. Wagner … Continue reading

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Foreign-Born US Presidential Contenders, Part 2

The second pair of foreign-born presidential contenders both have similar political careers, revolving around turn of the century Chicago. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chicago experienced an astonishing rate of growth, going from under 30,000 in the … Continue reading

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