By Robert W. Cherny

Thrice 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 skipped over of the post-Civil struggle monetary development. during this ebook, 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 educating 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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Appointments to positions at every levelfrom courthouse janitors and prison guards to postmasters and pension agentscame from among the faithful party workers of the winning side. Men could rarely count on holding such jobs much longer than the term of the person who appointed them, but a host of applicants clamored for every available position. Legislative bodieslocal, state, and federalorganized themselves along party lines, and party leaders played influential roles in guiding legislation. Judgeslike Silas Bryanalso periodically stood for reelection as party candidates.

Students received introductions to many subjects, but studied only languages in any depth; Bryan and his classmates had one year of German, three of Latin, four of Greek, and four of rhetoric (English composition and speaking). Bryan's education took place as much outside the classroom. Dr. Jones had wide-ranging intellectual interests and a large library, and Will learned from both. He helped edit the College Rambler, joined a literary society, mixed in campus politics, and belonged to the Page 19 Young Men's Christian Association.

Silas was away from home for long periods of time on the judicial circuit; when at home, he reinforced the attitudes of the Bryan household's women on such behavior. Willy's childhood aversion to "improper conduct" developed into life-long commitments. Willy's conversion came at the age of fourteen, when Salem's Cumberland Presbyterian Church held a series of revivals. The Cumberland Presbyterians rejected the doctrine that only a select few were predestined to salvation. " Bryan remained a Presbyterian all his life, but he moved easily from the Cumberland denomination to a mainstream Presbyterian church when he left Salem.

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