Whatever you may think of his politics, there is little question that William Jennings Bryan was either a great orator or a skilled demagogue (or both). Whichever designation you prefer, this Cultural Literacy worksheet on the “Cross of Gold” speech he delivered at the 1896 Democratic National Convention supplies students of United States history with a short introduction to one of the most memorable political speeches in this nation’s history.
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