A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan - download pdf or read online

By Robert W. Cherny

ISBN-10: 0585119066

ISBN-13: 9780585119069

ISBN-10: 0806126671

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3 times the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of country below Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the troubles of many americans passed over of the post-Civil warfare monetary progress. during this publication, Robert W. Cherny strains Bryan’s significant political crusades for a brand new forex coverage, prohibition, and women’s suffrage, and opposed to colonialism, monopolies, America’s access into international conflict I, and the educating of evolution within the public colleges. Drawing on Bryan’s writings and correspondence, Cherny offers Bryan’s key position within the Democratic Party’s transformation from a proponent of minimum executive to an recommend of lively govt.

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Morton took an initial liking to Bryan, which the young lawyer reciprocated. Bryan, however, had been a tee-totaler all his life. A manuscript written in his hand on his Jacksonville letterhead testifies his views in the mid-1880s: "The man who drinks not only is unwise, but sins. He sins against himself, against those dependent upon him, against society and against his God . . Intemperance causes the great majority of our crime and poverty. It corrupts our politics . . " Swayed by the realities of Nebraska politics and by the ideological arguments of "personal liberty" advocates like Morton, Bryan came to oppose moral reform in the late 1880s.

In 1870, the town of Salem counted 342 people with identifiable occupations other than farmer or farm laborer. About a hundred worked as artisans: carpenters, saddle and harness makers, shoemakers, butchers, bakers, blacksmiths, milliners. Most artisans worked in their own shops, usually without assistance except from family members. Another seventy provided personal services, half as domestic servants, most of the others as launderers, saloonkeepers, hotelkeepers, and barbers. The town counted nearly equal numbers of professionalsteachers, physicians, and lawyersand of merchants, bankers, brokers, or agents.

Nominations for office, he learned, came from conventions that met frequently, before all elections. Convention delegates were chosen in caucuses, held at the lowest level of organizationrural townships or city wards. All Salem Democrats could attend the Democratic Page 12 caucus and help select delegates to an upcoming county convention. County conventionsoften held in the courthousemade nominations for county offices and also selected delegates to nominating conventions for circuit court officers, state senators, members of Congress, or state officers.

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