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Points of Divergence : Huey Long

Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana. A Democrat, he was noted for his radical populist policies.

Long created the Share Our Wealth program in 1934, with the motto “Every Man a King,” proposing new wealth redistribution measures in the form of a net asset tax on large corporations and individuals of great wealth to curb the poverty and crime resulting from the Great Depression.

Charismatic and immensely popular for his social reform programs and willingness to take forceful action, Long was accused by his opponents of dictatorial tendencies for his near-total control of the state government. At the height of his popularity, the colorful and flamboyant Long was shot on September 8, 1935, at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge; he died two days later at the age of 42.

Alternate histoy clichés concerning this historical character

Huey Long is commonly used as a fill in for any fascist US scenarios, and as such could be considered an AH cliche.

My First Days in the White House

Huey Long's posthumous fictional autobiography My First Days in the White House describes what Long would have done if he had become president.

POD discussions

  • Acting President-Elect Huey Long - A PoD where John Garner is not a force in the Democratic Convention of 1932, and Huey Long becomes Franklin Roosevelt's vice president.
  • What if Huey Long ran in 1936 - A discussion started by Ibn Warraq concerning if Huey Long ran for President in 1936 with Charles Coughlin.
  • Know of any PODs or POD discussions ? Feel free to add them.

See Also

Kingfish in America - Sky Emperor's short timeline about Long can be found here. It is one of the few Long timelines on the board.

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