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By Robert W. Cherny

Thrice 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 omitted of the post-Civil conflict fiscal development. during this e-book, Robert W. Cherny lines 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 struggle 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 govt to an recommend of energetic govt.

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He always mixed his appeals to ethnicity with an assault on Republican tariff policies. 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.

Preachers held the center of attention, adjuring those already converted to maintain their faith and pleading with those not yet reborn to allow Christ to enter their lives. Although the Protestants of Salem separated themselves into various denominations by disagreeing over the fine points of doctrine and practice, they acknowledged each other's legitimacy and cooperated in a variety of common endeavors. From 1843 to 1858, for example, the Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians of Salem jointly operated a Sunday school.

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.

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