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By Robert W. Cherny

Thrice the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of kingdom lower than Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the worries of many americans passed over of the post-Civil struggle monetary progress. during this booklet, 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 instructing of evolution within the public colleges. Drawing on Bryan’s writings and correspondence, Cherny offers Bryan’s key function within the Democratic Party’s transformation from a proponent of minimum executive to an recommend of energetic executive.

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Young Willy deeply respected his father and emulated his religious habits. Silas Bryan's other great commitment was to the Democratic party of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. This, too, young Willy absorbed and came to emulate. Silas Bryan won a variety of officescounty superintendent of schools and state senator before Willy was born, and circuit court judge and delegate to the 1869 constitutional convention during Willy's childhood. Just as the Bryan house often saw preachers or church leaders as guests, so too did it attract political figures.

As county seat, Salem claimed nearly two dozen government officials, most of them serving the town and county. Manufacturing was limited and small in scale; members of the community purchased the flour and lumber produced by Salem's three mills. They also bought most of the plows, wagons, and carriages made in Salem's one manufacturing shop. The mills each employed four to six workers; the shop occasionally hired as many as eleven. Only one adult Salemite in five worked for wages, most of them as domestic servants, day laborers, teachers, or store clerks.

A daughter, Ruth, was born a year after their marriage. Yet the choice of Jacksonville as home did not bring Will what he wanted mostthe chance to seek elective office as a Democrat. He might take part in election speaking, but central Illinois voted as strongly Republican as Egypt had been Democratic. A gnawing dissatisfaction with Jacksonville led Will to investigate other cities as possible sites for a practice. None seemed to hold more promise than Jacksonville. He sought a patronage position from the Cleveland administration, to no avail.

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