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By Robert W. Cherny

3 times the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of nation lower than Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the troubles of many americans skipped over of the post-Civil battle monetary progress. during this publication, Robert W. Cherny lines Bryan’s significant political crusades for a brand new foreign money coverage, prohibition, and women’s suffrage, and opposed to colonialism, monopolies, America’s access into global struggle I, and the educating of evolution within the public faculties. Drawing on Bryan’s writings and correspondence, Cherny offers Bryan’s key function within the Democratic Party’s transformation from a proponent of minimum executive to an recommend of lively executive.

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By August 1888, he had to refuse pressures that he run for lieutenant governor or attorney general. The state committee asked him to speak throughout the state for the last several weeks of the 1888 campaign, and he did speak widely, tying support for the ticket to Morton's favorite topic, tariff reform. After one speaking engagement, he came home shortly before sunrise and excitedly awakened Mary. "I have had a strange experience," he told her. "Last night I found that I had power over the audience.

When Democrats such as Silas Bryan urged an end to the war and fulminated against emancipation, they drew heavy fire from the Republican administration. Democrats coupled criticism of the war and emancipation with charges that the conflict had resulted from machinations by New Englanders and that Western farmers suffered disproportionately from its effects. Western farmers lost Southern Page 16 markets, lost their cheap water transportation route down the Mississippi River, and endured high railroad freight rates.

Nonetheless, his disciplined study habits earned him good grades even as he managed to find time for the YMCA, church, and the presidency of the junior class. He also continued to improve his public speaking by taking part in school oratory contests. At the end of two years, when the class elected its valedictorian, Will missed the honor by a single vote. With Will's graduation from law school, the only thing delaying marriage was the need to establish a law practice. Even before graduation, he had begun to examine prospective sites.

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