William Jennings Bryan’s Cross of Gold

William Jennings Bryan in 1896 (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

In 1896, William Jennings Bryan gave a speech that changed the US forever.

Democrats had always claimed to be the party of America’s poor majority, the common (white) man: farmers, urban workers, and immigrants. Its founders — Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson — assumed the wealthy would always dominate politics, abusing government power to exploit the impoverished majority. Thus, they believed…

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Brian Scott MacKenzie

Brian Scott MacKenzie

History, politics, education, music, culture. Award-winning high school teacher, former principal. College instructor. Seahawks Diehard. Twitter: @brian_mrbmkz