William Jennings Bryan | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Willard H. Smith

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of William Jennings Bryan.
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Critical Essay by Willard H. Smith

SOURCE: “William Jennings Bryan and Racism,” in Journal of Negro History, Vol. 54, No. 2, April, 1969, pp. 127-49.

In the following essay, Smith contends that, although Bryan purported to believe unexceptionably in democratic rule by the people, his thoughts on race relations were “inconsistent” and paradoxical.

“‘Let the people rule’ is a slogan for which our people can afford to stand—those who advocate this doctrine are traveling toward the dawn.” So wrote William Jennings Bryan in January, 1918.1 This was one of the central ideas of the Great Commoner which he stressed not only during the “war to make the world safe for democracy” but again and again throughout his adult life. “As I understand democracy,” he stated many years...

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