Long Live the 'Kingfish'!

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Beck Reilly, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Beck Reilly . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Huey Long, a known populist Democrat, wins the election of 1924 and becomes Governor of Louisiana four years early. In OTL, he lost this election. But, we have a younger more idealistic Huey Long as the governor. His entire political career is accelerated by four years. His reforms leave Louisiana in better shape than the rest of the nation when the Great Depression hits in 1928. Our younger Huey Long never becomes quite as authoritarian as he became in OTL. With the arrival of the stock market crash, Huey Long is seen as somewhat of a 'prophet' for building the structure to handle the crisis in Louisiana. He is nominated by the Democrats in 1932 over Franklin Roosevelt, who the public sees as a 'rich boy' and, thus, he is assured the election (no Republican was going to win that election no matter who the Democrats ran). He is in office in early 1933 and begins the same reforms he began in Louisiana throughout the entire nation. Remember that Huey Long was probably the LEAST racist of southern politicians...

    What is America like today? Are the political parties different? Are there any more political parties? More important, what would the details of his Presidency be?
     
  2. Straha Banned

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    America becomes a social democracy on the model of scandanavia. With political liberalism havign a stronger basis than IUOTL social liberalism should follow. Without McCarthyism the 60's will be more of a peaceful time of social change than one of violent turbulance. The changes will become more accepted which emans no reaganites/religious right in the late 20th century.
     
  3. cow defender Knight of Beef

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    i've always been a fan of the kingfish even with his authoritativeness. as for what the nation would be like...i can't really say. how did his policies differ from FDR's (whose main goal was appeasing the public while actively working FOR big business in the name of semi-socialism)? Do you know how he viewed the Socialists/communists in the country?
     
  4. Straha Banned

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    hold on let me dig a TL out of the deep dephs of this board that has Huey Long as POTUS....