William Jennings Bryan, Presidential Contender

Historians discussed the role of William Jennings Bryan as an enterprising figure in American politics. He was a former U.S.… read more

Historians discussed the role of William Jennings Bryan as an enterprising figure in American politics. He was a former U.S. representative, secretary of state under President Woodrow Wilson, and one of the best orators of his time, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee three times. The discussion focused on the election of 1896, his religious convictions, progressive politics, the Scopes Trial, and the current political climate. Audio clips of Bryan’s oratory, most notably his “Cross of Gold” speech from the 1896 campaign were featured and 1908 presidential candidate Taft. Historians also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from “Fairview,” the former Bryan residence which serves as a museum as well as part of a medical facility.

“The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History” is a C-SPAN series of live programs about 14 presidential candidates before 1996 who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on U.S. politics. close

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301270-1
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Location:
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
First Aired:
Sep 23, 2011
Last Aired:
Jun 17, 2012

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  • Sep 23, 2011 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 23, 2011 | 11:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 25, 2011 | 10:29am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 21, 2011 | 10:01pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 17, 2012 | 8:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 17, 2012 | 7:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 17, 2012 | 10:31pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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