Jacob Coxey & his “Army of the Commonweal of Christ.”
March on Washington “hayseed socialists!”
Populist vote increased by 40% in the bi-election year, 1894.
Democratic party losses in the West were catastrophic!
But, Republicans won control of the House.
Gold / Silver Bug Campaign Pins
The “Great Commoner”
William Jennings Bryan
Prairie avenger, mountain lion,
Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan,
Gigantic troubadour, speaking like a siege gun,
Smashing Plymouth Rock with his boulders from the West.
Revivalist style of oratory.
You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!
18,000 miles of campaign “whistle stops.”
Democratic Party Taken Over by the Agrarian Left
Platform tariff reductions; income tax; stricter control of the trusts (esp. RRs); free silver.
“A Giant Straddle”: Suggestion for a McKinley Political Poster
The Seasoned Politician
The “Young” Newcomer