Donald R. McClarey

President John J. Pershing

    It has long been thought by most historians that General John J. Pershing made a great mistake by agreeing to the Republican draft for President in 1920.  A national hero after World War I, he was no politician,

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Donald R. McClarey

What If Abraham Lincoln Had Died Young?

On his 209th birthday it is perhaps appropriate to consider how the world would have changed if Abraham Lincoln had died young.  Unlike many great figures in history, Lincoln did not matter in a historical sense until around the last

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Imperial German Plans to Invade the US

  Other than the diplomatic debacle of Germany attempting to tempt Mexico to engage in a hopeless war with the US if America and Germany went to war which led to the Zimmerman Telegram, Imperial Germany had no plans to

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The Man in the High Castle

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his

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What if Red Dawn Had Happened?

              When I was watching Red Dawn when it came out in 1984 I was thinking to myself whether this type of partisan resistance to an invasion of the United States would take place. 

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A Roosevelt Peace?

“The people here hate the French more than they do the British. They much prefer the Americans as troops of occupation. Since the Americans have arrived the German people have learned to like them.” —Karl Felder of Bieder Breisig As

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Alternate History Politics

  Jeb Bush has come under fire for answering a very stupid question by saying yes, if he could go back in time, he would kill Baby Hitler.  Of course the proper answer to this question is that he would kidnap Baby

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The Man in the High Castle

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his

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What If Nazi Germany Had Invaded America?

Strasser: Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris? Rick: It’s not particularly my beloved Paris. Heinz: Can you imagine us in London? Rick: When you get there, ask me! Renault: Hmmh! Diplomatist!

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June 18, 1815: Waterloo

The cannibal has left his lair. Le Moniteur Universel, March 9, 1815. The Corsican ogre has just landed at the Juan Gulf. Le Moniteur Universel, March 10, 1815. The tiger has arrived at Gap. Le Moniteur Universel, March 11, 1815.

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Lincoln and His Second Term

One hundred and fifty years ago Lincoln was at the high point of his Presidency.  The Civil War was coming to a victorious conclusion.  His popularity would zoom to heights not reached by any President since Washington when on April

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United Socialist States of America

An exercise in alternate history. The path to the creation of the United Socialist States of America began with the death of President Franklin Roosevelt on  April 12, 1944 and the accession to the Presidency by Vice-President Henry Wallace.  Personally

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Was the Confederate Victory at Gettysburg Inevitable?

For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence,

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What President Palin Would Not Have Done

Oh, this is too brilliant. Hattip to House of Eratosthenes.  Moneyrunner at The Virginian has a list of things a President Palin would not have done: Palin would not have dismissed the Black Panther intimidation lawsuit that the government had already won. Palin

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Lincoln Defeated

If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn’t make any difference. Abraham Lincoln     During the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the War Between the States, it is time to take

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Never Bet Against Theodore Roosevelt in a Knife Fight

From the Deadliest Warrior television series.  I have always enjoyed absurd alternate history speculations a la “What if Napoleon had a B-52 at Waterloo?” By the time Lawrence of Arabia arrived on the scene TR was getting fairly long in the

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Was the Victory of the Confederacy Inevitable?

(I wrote this for April 1, 2011 for the blog Almost Chosen People, and I thought that the various Civil War mavens who read The American Catholic might find this interesting.) As we mark the 150th anniversary of the War Between

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Alexander the Great

Something for the weekend.  The song Macedonia to the tune of Sharona by the Knack, by the endlessly talented folks of History for Music Lovers.  Alexander the Great, living refutation of the idea that history is all grand vast processes

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Alternate History: What If Lincoln Allowed Secession?

An exchange on my personal blog over yesterday’s post about Gettysburg swerved into a question which I imagine our history-minded readers would enjoy commenting on: What would things look like today if Lincoln had simply allowed the CSA to leave

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