Topic:”Cross of Gold” speech.


Volume: 2 pages

Type: Essay

Format: MLA



On July 9, 1896, William Jennings Bryan gave a speech that is remembered as the “Cross of Gold” speech. Some commentators have called Bryan’s speech one of the greatest, if not the absolute greatest, in American political history.
Click on the link above to access Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech. The entire text is available to you. (There is an audio option for parts of the speech but I could not get it to work.) I want you to read this speech. It is an excellent speech. Bryan was mesmerizing when he spoke.
Use the following prompts to write your paper.
1. What was the occasion of the speech?
2. What general, broad issue was Bryan talking about?
3. What did Bryan say about the relative importance of cities and farms?
4. Why is the speech called the “Cross of Gold” speech?
5. What happened directly as a result of this speech in July 1896?
Details for your paper:
1. The paper must be at least two full pages in length. It should not be more than five pages.
2. The paper should be typed in a 12-point font . Times New Roman.
x. The paper should be double-spaced.
3. You should include a standard four-line heading in the upper left-hand corner of the first page only. Those four lines should include:
Your Name
Instructor’s name (spelled correctly)
Date of submission
4. After the heading, go down two spaces and center a title on the next line.
5. You do not need to include either citations or a bibliography.

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