And what if we’d had hashtags throughout all of U.S. history?
Pat Nixon could have ended Vietnam before it really got going.
Neil Armstrong’s words could have gone viral.
Johnson Space Center (NASA)
JFK Presidential Library
Mamie Eisenhower could have gently supported the covert U.S. overthrow of the prime minister of Iran.
Wartime propaganda as meme.
And campaign slogans, like the Republican one from the Herbert Hoover days.
Speak softly and carry large signs with hashtags on them.
Library of Congress / Via en.wikipedia.org
The gold standard could have gone even earlier, based on William Jennings Bryan’s firm grasp of the hashtag-length concept.
Various events in history, like the sinking of the USS Maine, could have been commemorated, with hashtags.
"The last scene on the sinking deck of the 'Maine'" by Charles Dwight Sigsbee / Via commons.wikimedia.org
The Polks could have really driven home the point about the proper border of the Oregon territory.
Things like the Lewis and Clark expedition could have been branded.
"Lewis & Clark at Three Forks" by Edgar Samuel Paxson / Via en.wikipedia.org
Every last founding document could have had a suggested hashtag.
All the great moments, branded.
Peter F. Rothermel's "Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses" / Via en.wikipedia.org
And the lesser ones, like the Salem witch trials.
William A. Crafts / Via en.wikipedia.org
Really, all history could have been portrayed as it was meant to be.
"The Last Supper" by Joan de Joanes / Via en.wikipedia.org