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Nov. 2nd, 1948: The four way battle for the nation's higest office would reach election day and as state after state was announced it seemed that the idea months ago that Dewey was a shoe in to be the 34th President, so was the Dixiecrats candidate Strom Thurmond. The results were now showing it would either be Truman or Wallace or if the four way break doesn't have any candidate gain the magic 266, it would be decided in Congress. The election came down to the little state of Delaware as it would push Henry Wallace over the 266 electoral votes needed, Henry Wallace and Glen Taylor would now be the President and Vice President Elect.


1948 Election Results (P) - Wallace/Taylor - 268 EV, 35% (D) - Truman/Barkley - 144 EV, 34% (R) - Dewey/Warren - 80 EV, 28% (SR) - Thurmond/Wright - 39 EV, 3%


Jan. 20th, 1949: Henry Agard Wallace would be sworn in as the 34th President of the United States and Glen Taylor would be sworn in as the 35th Vice President. President Wallace would call for a "Peace Deal" with the world in his inaugural address and this would become the center stage for the Wallace Administration, the Peace Deal.

Jan. 23rd, 1949: President Wallace's choice for Secretary of State, former Senator Robert La Follette Jr but this was met with friction. The man who replaced La Follette's senate seat Joseph McCarthy would call him a "dirty communist". After much debate and haggling, La Follette was confirmed.

Feb. 1st, 1949: President Wallace would officially unveil his Peace Deal to the American people and Congress. The Peace Deal would have a cutback in the military and relay it to interior issues and working with new Interior Secretary Norman Thomas would become a priority. Others would be a call to peace between the Soviet Union and the United States and also a push for more rights to Americans, mainly women and minorities.

Feb. 5th, 1949: President Wallace would condemn the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) and would eliminate HUAC. Outspoken Senator McCarthy would call this "Communists holding back the truth finding machine".

Mar. 8th, 1949: Senator McCarthy would call for a new committee to look into loyalties in the State Department, President Wallace and State Secretary La Follette would call this an "insane witch hunt" by Senator McCarthy.

Mar. 10th, 1949: After several months of working on other projects, the Marshall Plan would be scrapped for the more low key European Recovery Program(ERP) that would still give aid to European nations but would include Eastern European nations.

Mar. 28th, 1949: President Wallace would meet with Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin in a diplomatic negotiation in Washington, DC over a possible peace treaty. Some would condemn this as others called this a step towards peace.

1950

Jan. 15th, 1950: After talking over the issue, the United States would begin to re-mobilize secretly as weapons and other supplies were made as trouble brewed in the Korean Peninsula.

August. 9th, 1950: In an attempt to cool down anger and growing possibles of war, President Wallace and the North and South Korean leaders would meet to sign an peace accord. This was seen as a good step but betrayal would come soon.

June 25th, 1950: In the guise of a counterattack, North Korean forces would begin an invasion of the US backed South Korea, infuriating President Wallace after the hopeful August Accords. Soon the United States would begin to send forces against North Korea and to defend the South, this would begin the Korean War.

September 15th-19th, 1950: After some falls and defeats, the Battle of Inchon would be a sharp turning point for the Coalition forces in the Korea's. President Wallace would hail the daring moves by General Douglas MacArthur and would call that a "Christmas dinner" would be waiting for the soldiers come December when all hopes were on when the Korean War would come to an end.

September 24th, 1950: After great evaluation, the Chinese forces and the Government would call off any ideas of coming to aid the North Korean forces as many now saw that "The Eagle of the west has awoken with full force". Some were disappointed but this would seal the fate of the war.

December 5th, 1950: After talks, the Korean War came to an end as an armistice was signed with the Coalition and South Korean forces as the victors in the short war and would have strict "containment" of the North and they would have to pay reparations to the South.

January 9th, 1951: The opening of the United Nations headquarters in the small parcel of reserved land in New York City would open with Vice President Glenn Taylor and State Secretary Robert La Follette Jr would attend the opening. La Follette would call this an "international move forward".

January 26th, 1951: The new Congress would have its first major "shake" as President Wallace would put forth the Civil Rights Act of 1951. This came with anger from southern Democrats as the Progressives had gained a larger number but not enough to pass it along with sympathizers in the Democratic and Republican Party, one major Democratic supporter would come from Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota. The southern senators would call for Humphrey's expulsion from the Democratic Party, showing the cracks in the Democratic Party, the Civil Rights Act was filibustered but President Wallace said he would try again.

February 27th, 1951: The Twenty Second Amendment to the Constitution would be passed, making it that the President could only serve for two terms of four years each. Some would talk about going and voting against it on account that President Wallace had supported it, many that held this opinion were the still angered southern Democrats. The 22nd Amendment was still easily passed.

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