20th Century American History Research Paper

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20th Century American History Week 1 Individual Work By Pamela Nerison April 20, 2014 The election of 1896 was considered a watershed in American politics. It witnessed the last great surge of agrarian populist protest clashing against the growing power of an urbanizing, industrial America. Despite a spirited campaign, comprising more than 600 speeches and 18,000 miles across 27 states, William Jennings Bryan (Democrat), the “silver-tongued orator” and “boy wonder of the Prairie,” was narrowly defeated by William McKinley (Republican) by under 600,000 votes. The election results, McKinley’s 271 to Bryan’s 176, did not tell the real story. A slight shift of less than 20,000 votes across California, Oregon, Kentucky, North Dakota, West
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