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Populism and the Election of 1896
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Coxey’s Army, 1894

Coxey’s Army, 1894

Jacob Coxey & his “Army of the Commonweal of Christ.”

March on Washington  “hayseed socialists!”

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Result of Election Returns

Result of Election Returns

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.

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The 1896 Election

The 1896 Election

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Gold / Silver Bug Campaign Pins

Gold / Silver Bug Campaign Pins

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William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

The “Great Commoner”

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William Jennings Bryan

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.

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Bryant’s “Cross of Gold” Speech

Bryant’s “Cross of Gold” Speech

You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!

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Bryan: The Farmers Friend (The Mint Ratio)

Bryan: The Farmers Friend (The Mint Ratio)

18,000 miles of campaign “whistle stops.”

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Democratic Party Taken Over by the Agrarian Left

Democratic Party Taken Over by the Agrarian Left

Platform  tariff reductions; income tax; stricter control of the trusts (esp. RRs); free silver.

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Mark Hanna: The “Front-Porch” Campaign

Mark Hanna: The “Front-Porch” Campaign

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Mark Hanna: The “Front-Porch” Campaign

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William McKinley (1843-1901)

William McKinley (1843-1901)

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Mark Hanna to Candidate McKinley

Mark Hanna to Candidate McKinley

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“A Giant Straddle”: Suggestion for a McKinley Political Poster

“A Giant Straddle”: Suggestion for a McKinley Political Poster

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The Seasoned Politician

The Seasoned Politician

vs.

The “Young” Newcomer

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Joshua A. Levering: Prohibition Party

Joshua A. Levering: Prohibition Party

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