Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/01

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Subject: [Leica] Free Silver?
From: reid at (Brian Reid)
Date: Fri Oct 1 08:51:58 2004
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If you guys are going to make fun of the phrase "Free Silver" you should at 
least learn enough U.S. History to know where it comes from.

Having watched the US Presidential debates last night, I long for the era of 
riveting public speakers. One of the most mesmerizing speakers in U.S. 
history was William Jennings Bryan, a fervent populist. He gave this speech 
to the 1896 Democratic National Convention, during which "free silver" was 
THE issue of contention.

The history books say that Bryan got 30 minutes of standing ovation after 
giving that speech. Here is a good watercolor of the era, including a 
photograph of him speaking, in this page maintained by the historical 
society of his home state of Nebraska:

If you go to this website and select the 1896 Democratic Party platform:
you'll be able to divine what the "free silver" issue was all about.

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