Document Analysis: “Cross of Gold” Essay

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Document Analysis: “Cross of Gold” In 1896, three years after the “Panic of 1893”, a man by the name of William Jennings Bryan delivered one of the most historical speeches to this day. In the late 1800’s a populist movement was happening and people were starting to take notice. Political corruption and big business practices hurt not only laborers, but also farmers. When farmers organized into alliances, and eventually into the Populist Party, they posed a challenge to the reigning two-party system. During the 1896 elections the Populist Party had begun to grow and gain momentum, they had put a senator in office and taken over the Kansas state Legislature. The election of 1896 was known as the “battle of the standards” because it …show more content…
It is for these that we speak. We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest; we are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned; we have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded; we have begged, and they

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