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A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan



Three times the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908), and Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the concerns of many Americans left out of the post-Civil War economic growth. In this book, Robert W. Cherny traces Bryan’s major political crusades for a new currency policy, prohibition, and women’s suffrage, and against colonialism, monopolies, America’s entry into World War I, and the teaching of evolution in the public schools

Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925. Geographic Name: United States Politics and government 1865-1933. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners.

A Righteous Cause book. Three times the Democratic Party’s nominee for president (1896, 1900, and 1908) and secretary of state under Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan voiced the concerns of many Americans left out of the post–Civil War economic growth.

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His book is a serious and intelligent one that students, scholars, and a general public can read with pleasure and profit. -Martin Ridge, Annals of Iowa. The best short biography of Bryan. -Ferenc M. Szasz, Ohio History. Cherny has traced Bryan’s life in short compass and in a fashion that works well for the student and general reader. Hal Williams, Western Historical Quarterly. While Bryan's only official politrical positions was as a two-term congressman and secretary of state for a little over two years, he was one of the most influential politicians for the thirty years he was active in Democratic politics.

William Jennings Bryan is one of the most influential "failures" of American politics: a three-time Democratic nominee for president who, although he never won th. .In this astute biography, Bryan emerges as the embodiment of many of the major social patterns, reform movements, and political issues from the end of the Civil War to the mid-1920s.

In this book, Robert W. Cherny traces Bryan’s major political crusades for a new currency policy, prohibition, and women’s suffrage, and against colonialism, monopolies, America’s entry into World War I, and the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Drawing on Bryan’s writings and correspondence, Cherny presents Bryan’s key role in the Democratic Party’s transformation from a proponent of minimal government to an advocate of active government.

William Jennings Bryan (19 March 1860 – 26 July 1925) was an American lawyer, statesman, and politician. Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step. Illinois College Valedictory (1881).

Reviews: 7
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Cherny presents an unbiased account of Bryan's life in a bit over 200 pages. This is short compared to other Bryan biographies. If someone desires to read a Bryan biography that's not too long, this is it. The text allows one to learn the highlights of Bryan's life while also getting to know the shortcomings. Cherny provided fair analysis on the reforms Bryan supported. The chapter on Bryan as Secretary of State could have been more objective. The last section, "Evaluating a Crusader," assists the reader in assessing the outcome of Bryan's riveting career.
Silly Dog
I agree with the gentleman from Missouri that no writer yet has fully evoked Bryan. This particular book covers his life well but without digging heavily into psychology and I'm fine with that. The film "Inherit the Wind" made far too much of the fictionalized Bryan's endless talking and eating in some ham-headed attempt to conjure up an oral fixation or something. In the late Fifties to mid-Sixties every socially conscious filmmaker was a psychologist. Today, the same can be said about biographers.

The problem with Bryan, at least in terms of making him into something sensational, was that he was a paragon of virtues from an earlier time, a time when when, well, humility, modesty, temperance, focus, honesty, forgiveness, and a lot of other now-unfamilar and boring concepts were considered virtues. Oh, Bryan was ambitious, and he enjoyed being adored by crowds but it wasn't the ambition of Cheney or the craving for adoration of Clinton, at least not in any dreary sense we'd understand. Bryan made his impact by being Bryan, by speaking to people, by articulating their dreams, by often being an effective politician. He did that so well that up till fairly recently he still had mythic status, a great orator who was still spoken of with some reverance as late as the 1960's (I doubt nowadays 1 in 10,000 would even know the name).

I think ultimately historians have the same problem with Bryan as music biographers have with Franz Joseph Haydn--one of the greatest of all composers but a fairly normal and healthy man whose life lacked wild stories and titilating anecdotes. Personally, I find biographies of people like Haydn and Bryan enjoyable (this book at hand was very refreshing and I've found over the years that virtually everything from the University of Oklahoma Press usually is). It's nice reading about accomplished folks who are fairly normal. It's interesting that Bryan and Roosevelt, two of the giants of that era, both had steady and rewarding marriages with highly intelligent and accomplished women, both had families, both had lives and interests outside of politics. There's a rough definition of "healthy" lurking in there somewhere.
uspeh
This brief, concise review of the life of William Jennings Bryan is a quick and easy way to familiarize yourself with this important American politician. While Bryan's only official politrical positions was as a two-term congressman and secretary of state for a little over two years, he was one of the most influential politicians for the thirty years he was active in Democratic politics. The three-time losing presidential candidate popularized (thought did not originate) many of the progressive issues of the period, championing many causes that eventually became law. Examples of this include the direct election of senators, the right to vote for women, and regulation of business and industry.

Through his powerful belief in Christian virtue, Bryan constantly championed the rights of the least among him. While his strict fundamentalist views eventually humiliated him at the end of his life by way of the "Scopes Monkey Trial," it was this belief in the decency of human life that drove him for so long. This book gives a brief and succinct discussion of the great politician's life.
Orll
This book was actually required reading for a class I took at WVU, but I'm not complaining. William Jennings Bryan was a very influential and important man in a key part of American history, and is sadly overlooked in many courses. Robert Cherny gives him his due, and it's pretty easy reading, I breezed through the majority of it.

A lot of good information here, worth a go for anyone curious about the late 1800s in America.