Cross of Gold

  • Cross of Gold

  • William Jennings Bryan

    Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of the Convention:

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  • I would be presumptuous, indeed, to present myself against the distinguished gentlemen to whom you have listened if this were a mere measuring of abilities;

  • but this is not a contest between persons.

  • The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.

  • I come to speak to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of libertyβ€” the cause of humanity.

  • When this debate is concluded, a motion will be made to lay upon the table the resolution offered in commendation of the administration, and also the resolution offered in condemnation of the administration.

  • William Jennings Bryan

    We object to bringing this question down to the level of persons.

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  • The individual is but an atom;

  • he is born, he acts, he dies;

  • but principles are eternal;

  • and this has been a contest over a principle.

  • Never before in the history of this country has there been witnessed such a contest as that through which we have just passed.

  • William Jennings Bryan

    Never before in the history of American politics has a great issue been fought out as this issue has been, by the voters of a great party.

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  • On the fourth of March, 1895, a few Democrats, most of them members of Congress, issued an address to the Democrats of the nation, asserting that the money question was the paramount issue of the hour;

  • declaring that a majority of the Democratic party had the right to control the action of the party on this paramount issue;

  • and concluding with the request that the believers in the free coinage of silver in the Democratic party should organize, take charge of, and control the policy of the Democratic party.

  • Three months later, at Memphis, an organization was perfected, and the silver Democrats went forth openly and courageously proclaiming their belief, and declaring that, if successful, they would crystallize into a platform the declaration which they had made.

  • Then began the conflict.

  • William Jennings Bryan

    With a zeal approaching the zeal which inspired the crusaders who followed Peter the Hermit, our silver Democrats went forth from victory unto victory until they are now assembled, not to discuss, not to debate, but to enter up the judgment already rendered by the plain people of this country.

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