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By Robert W. Cherny

Thrice the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of country lower than Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the worries of many american citizens ignored of the post-Civil warfare monetary progress. during this booklet, 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 international warfare I, and the instructing of evolution within the public faculties. Drawing on Bryan’s writings and correspondence, Cherny provides Bryan’s key function within the Democratic Party’s transformation from a proponent of minimum executive to an suggest of energetic executive.

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Agriculture controlled the economic destiny of the entire population. If crops were good and prices steady, the merchants, artisans, proprietors, and professionals of Salem prospered along with the farmers. " His dictum unquestionably held true for Salem and thousands of other towns like it. In the year of Willy's sixth birthday, his family moved from the house where he had been born to a new home on a farm just outside Salem. " Judge Bryan's farmpurchased with income from bar and benchwas one of the largest in the county.

But within him he carried the values and attitudes formed in Salem, Jacksonville, and Chicago. He carried a deep reverence for family and church. He did not fight, drink, gamble, or swear. He believed that the Democratic party held the only hope for the nation, and that concentrated wealth posed the greatest danger to democracy and opportunity. And he still hoped to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in elective office. Page 24 II The Populist Crusade Will Bryan kept busy after his arrival in Lincoln.

Silas Bryan's family may also have taken one of the national weeklies or monthlies; magazines such as Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Monthly, or Lippincott's treated their readers to a wide variety of articles, everything from essays Page 6 on Charles Dickens to accounts of spiritualism. Farm journals also flourished, devoted to the improvement of agriculture, but often also including fiction and travel accounts. Although residents of Salem could read about slums in London and explorations in Africa, the outside world rarely touched them directly.

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