HIST 122 - Reading Response #5 - Reading Response#5 Cross...

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Reading Response #5: “Cross of Gold” William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech was given on July 9, 1896 at the National Convention in Chicago. At the time of the speech, he was aspiring to be the democratic nominee for president. In his speech, William Jennings Bryan was speaking on the issue of whether or not to endorse the free coinage of silver at a ratio of 16:1. Clearly Bryan was in support of the bimetallism system and believed that it would bring the United States prosperity. He was experiencing great opposition from republicans, the state of Massachusetts, and the state of New York because they believed the gold standard was best for the United States. Bryan argued in his speech that those people were in favor of the gold standard because their view of a businessman too narrow; the way they were viewing businessmen only included bankers and businessmen from large corporations. Bryan argued that farmers were just as equal businessmen as these bankers and corporation workers, just in different ways. He was trying to defend

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