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Passion and Preferences: William Jennings Bryan and the 1896 Democratic Convention / Edition 1
     

Passion and Preferences: William Jennings Bryan and the 1896 Democratic Convention / Edition 1

by Richard Franklin Bensel
 

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ISBN-10: 0521717620

ISBN-13: 9780521717625

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The 1896 Democratic National Convention simultaneously proposed a radically new trajectory for American industrial expansion, harshly repudiated its own incumbent president, and rudely overturned the party's traditional regional and social hierarchy. The passion that attended these decisions was deeply embedded in the traditional alliances and understandings of the

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The 1896 Democratic National Convention simultaneously proposed a radically new trajectory for American industrial expansion, harshly repudiated its own incumbent president, and rudely overturned the party's traditional regional and social hierarchy. The passion that attended these decisions was deeply embedded in the traditional alliances and understandings of the past, in the careers and futures of the party's most prominent leaders and most insignificant ward heelers, and in the personal relations of men who had long served together in the halls of Congress. This passion was continuously on display in the Chicago Coliseum, shaped by the rhythm of parliamentary ritual and the physical architecture of the convention hall. William Jennings Bryan anticipated the moment when pathos would be at its height and chose that moment to give his "Cross of Gold" address, thus harnessing passion to his personal ambition and winning the presidential nomination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521717625
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations     viii
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
The Road to Chicago     24
Silver Sentiment in the Convention     46
Prospects for a Gold Bolt     88
Rules and Rituals     123
Display of Passion     159
Bryan's "Cross of Gold" Speech     203
The Nomination Contest     248
Conclusion     305
Index     313

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