Alternative History
Robert M. La Follette, Sr

29th President of the United States Robert M LaFollette


March 4, 1921: Robert M LaFollette is sworn in as America's first Progressive president. He proclaims "The will of the people shall be the law of the land."

March 5 1921: President LaFollette pardons Socialist-Progressive Eugene V Debs from Federal Prison, stating that no one should be imprisoned simply for speaking out against an unjust draft for an unjust war.

April 3 1921: LaFollette calls for a National Minimum wage of .12 cents an hour.

May 27th 1921: Emergency Tariff Act of 1921 passed in order to help farmers, it reduces tariffs on sugar, meat and other products. It is a temporary measure until a better one can be made in Congress.

April 20, 1921 The Thompson-Urrutia Treaty with Colombia is ratified. The treaty grants Colombia $25 million as compensation for the loss of Panama, which had gained its independence in 1903 with the help of the United States. June 7 1921: National Minimum wage is rejected by Democratic and Republican Congressmen as "Unconstitutional".

June 21 1921: Undeterred by Congress, LaFollette introduces the "Wisconsin Idea". It calls for Progressive taxation, additional state regulation of railroads and worker's compensation.

July 1 1921: A compromised Wisconsin Idea passes due to support from Liberal elements of the Republican and Democratic parties. Progressive taxation fails but additional state regulation of rail roads and some worker's compensation is passed.

July 18 1921: LaFollette announces intentions to cooperation with International Disarmament. This involves cutting down on the size of the US navy along with the size of the ships themselves.

August 11 1921: LaFollette begins process on Trust Busting the American Medical Association which was preventing competitive prices on health care plans.

August 18 1921: The President declares that the International Harvester Company has contributed the the economic woes of farmers by dominating the farmer equipment and machinery. He also intends to target United States Steel Corporation which had barely managed to survive last year in 1920 when it was targeted by Woodrow Wilson's administration.

September 11 1921: LaFollette compares the US Steel Corporation to the trust busted Standard Oil. He states that US Steel is far larger and benefits consumers even less then Standard Oil did.

September 29 1921: Bills are past to help immigrants from Eastern Europe and the new Soviet Union arrive to America. Many condemn this action.

November 1 1921: Due to the huge cost of World War One Congress passes the Revenue Act of 1921 which caused the following. The wartime tax on excess profits was repealed;the minimum surtax (a tax that increases an already existing tax) rate was reduced from 65 to 50 percent, but some had urged a much deeper cut;the corporate tax was actually increased from 10 to 12.5 percent.

November 23, 1921 In response to reports indicating that fully 80 percent of American women do not receive adequate prenatal care, the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act, granting matching federal funds to states for maternal and child care. The legislation also recognizes the emergent political power of women, a constituency which gained the right to vote during the previous year.

November 28 1921: The courts begin to investigate International Harvester and US Steel once again. LaFollette continues to build up his case against both.

December 13 1921: Four-Power Pact The major Allied powers — Britain, France, Japan and the United States — agreed to submit disputes among themselves over Pacific issues to a conference for resolution. The same Allied powers pledged mutual respect for the possessions and mandates of other signatories in the Pacific.


January : "Trust busting" of International Harvester Company has succeeded, while the Steel and Health care companies have managed to win their court cases .

January 10 1922: Last American troops leave the Rhine after an executive order.

January 14 1922:Follette expresses his rage against the companies that avoided the bust, making some of the most questionable remarks in his presidency.

February 12 1922:Unemployment has reached over 5 million. Blacks returning from World War One have returned only to meet a revitalized KKK. These black soldiers aren't willing to stand by and let the KKK attack them and their friends and family and begin to fight back.

February 17 1922:Robert M LaFollette takes a strong stance against segregation and racial in tolerance in general during a radio speech. He is meet with harsh criticisms from Segregationists in Congress as well as pro-segregation groups like the KKK.

March 25 1922:Formal citizenship has been granted to Native Americans.

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