New PDF release: A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

By Robert W. Cherny

ISBN-10: 0585119066

ISBN-13: 9780585119069

ISBN-10: 0806126671

ISBN-13: 9780806126678

3 times the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of kingdom below Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the worries of many americans omitted of the post-Civil battle monetary development. during this ebook, 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 faculties. Drawing on Bryan’s writings and correspondence, Cherny provides Bryan’s key position within the Democratic Party’s transformation from a proponent of minimum executive to an recommend of lively executive.

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By the spring of 1888, the house stood ready and the entire family, including the Bairds, joined Will in Lincoln. Will and Mary moved easily into social and civic activities in their new home, quickly resuming church, lodge, temperance, and YMCA memberships. Mary was admitted to the bar in late 1888; in the summer of 1889, she gave birth to a second child, William Jennings Bryan, Jr. The Bryans established a new circle of friends, mostly young couples from among the town's professionals or from the University.

Page 3 and services to the farmers and to each other. 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.

Willy trudged three-quarters of a mile each day to school. In high school, he studied a classical curriculum. His participation in a debating club reinforced the emphasis on the spoken word, which he found in both church and in politics. Will probably learned as much from his parents as from his teachers and, after his second year in the Salem high school, Silas decided that his son needed a better education. He chose Whipple Academy, the preparatory branch of Illinois College in Jacksonville. Hiram Jones, a distant cousin, practiced medicine there and occasionally taught at the college.

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