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By Robert W. Cherny

3 times the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of kingdom less than Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the worries of many american citizens ignored of the post-Civil warfare financial progress. during this ebook, Robert W. Cherny strains 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 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 govt to an recommend of energetic govt.

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From 1843 to 1858, for example, the Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians of Salem jointly operated a Sunday school. From 1844 to 1858, when Baptists lacked a building, they met in the Cumberland Presbyterians' church. They moved into their own building in 1858, only to see it burn down during a revival held in it by the Cumberland Presbyterians, whereupon the Church of Christ offered the use of their building to the distraught Baptists. Such ecumenicalism extended to families as well. At haying time, Silas Bryan sent a load of hay to every clergyman in town, whatever his denomination.

Travel was usually limited to the distance a horse could travel in a day. A farmer's once-a-year trip to sell grain necessitated extensive preparationsloading the wagon the night before, rising before sunrise, traveling until noon, selling the grain, making a few purchases, then returning home long past sunset. Some family members stayed home to care for the stock and milk the cows, tasks that could not be ignored even for a day. Though most small town residents traveled little beyond the boundaries of their own communities, news from the outside world was easily available.

Democrats averaged less than a third of the vote in the counties most in favor of prohibition, all old-stock American or Swedish. J. Sterling Morton understood these important Page 28 ethnic dimensions to Nebraska politics. In Irish communities, he concluded campaign speeches with a condemnation of ''English tyranny''; before German audiences he pilloried Republicans for their part in establishing prohibition in Iowa and Kansas. He always mixed his appeals to ethnicity with an assault on Republican tariff policies.

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