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Subject: [Leica] Free Silver?
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Fri Oct 1 09:21:44 2004
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Kemosabe, invoking the rhetoric of Williams Genning Bryan does NOT
earn you a lifeline. It's the speech of an era long past, fortunately,
when people had a couple of hours to burn standing and listening to
wind-bags championing fortune and the main chance and conventions were
held in places like Kansas City with no air conditioning.

I'd have to vote this as a leaky backwater of American history rather
than a main branch, myself.


On Fri, 01 Oct 2004 08:51:53 -0700, Brian Reid
<> wrote:
> 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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