William Jennings Bryanu2019s Cross of Gold (1896) -...

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William Jennings Bryan’s Cross of Gold (1896)[Paragraph 1]I would be presumptuous, indeed, to present myself against the distinguished gentlemen to whom you have listened if this were but a measuring of ability; but this is not a contest among persons. The humblest citizen in all the land when clad in the armor of a righteous cause is stronger than all the whole hosts of error that they can bring. I come to speakto you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty—the cause of humanity[Paragraph 2]We [Silverites] do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest. Weare 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 have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them![Paragraph 3]The gentleman from New York [Senator David Hill]...says that he wants this country to try to secure an international agreement. Why doesn’t he tell us what he is going to do if they fail to secure an international agreement?...Our opponents have tried for thirty years—

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