United States History
Question of the Day
Cross of Gold
Perhaps the most famous campaign
speech in American history by William Jennings Bryan
(Image Source: Missouri State Populist Party collection)
You come to us and tell us that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard. I tell you that the great cities rest upon these broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
This quote from William Jennings Bryan in 1896 supports the idea of
(A) rural and urban cooperation
(B) maintaining gold as the sole metal currency of the U.S.
(C) bimetallism, or using both gold and silver as U.S. currency
(D) the Social Gospel
(E) a graduated income tax