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#10 1896 DNC - "Cross of Gold"
08.25.08, 07:37 AM CDT
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At the 1896 Democratic convention in Chicago, former Nebraska Rep. William Jennings Bryan gave a rousing speech arguing against the gold standard. The thunderous speech shot Bryan to the head of the pack of candidates for the nomination, winning on the fifth ballot. The speech is widely regarded as the greatest ever address given to a political convention.

"If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost, having behind us the producing masses of the nation and the world. Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."

(There was no recording of the speech as it happened, though Bryan recorded it many years later. Click here for audio and full text of the speech; and click here for a 1996 NPR recording offering more context to the famous speech.)

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