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Politician, evangelist, and reformer William Jennings Bryan was the most popular public speaker of his time. In this acclaimed biography–the first major reconsideration of Bryan’s life in forty years–award-winning historian Michael Kazin illuminates his astonishing career and the richly diverse and volatile landscape of religion and politics in which he rose to fame. Kazin vividly re-creates Bryan’s tremendous appeal, showing how he won a passionate following among both rural and urban Americans, who saw in him not only the practical vision of a reform politician but also the righteousness of a pastor. Bryan did more than anyone to transform the Democratic Party from a bulwark of laissez-faire to the citadel of liberalism we identify with Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1896, 1900, and 1908, Bryan was nominated for president, and though he fell short each time, his legacy–a subject of great debate after his death–remains monumental. This nuanced and brilliantly crafted portrait restores Bryan to an esteemed place in American history.

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Synopsis:

A compelling portrait of William Jennings Bryan describes his unique role as a leader of the Christian left, his seminal place in both American politics and religion, and his life and work in terms of the volatile political landscape of turn-of-the-century America. 20,000 first printing.

About the Author

Michael Kazin is professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of three previous books about American history, America Divided, The Populist Persuasion, and Barons of Labor. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The American Prospect, among other publications. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and twice from the Fulbright Scholar Program, he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Table of Contents

The romance of Jefferson and Jesus — Education of a hero, 1860-1890 — Speaker in the house, 1891-1894 — In the armor of a righteous cause, 1895-1896 — A republic, not an empire, 1897-1900 — I have kept the faith, 1901-1904 — Prophet on the road — The ordeal of reform, 1906-1908 — Conscience of the party, 1909-1912 — Bryan's people — Moralist at state, 1913-1915 — Moralist in retreat, 1916-1919 — Save the children, 1920-1925 — The fate of a Christian liberal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307424358
Subtitle:
The Life of William Jennings Bryan
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
Kazin, Michael
Author:
Michael Kazin
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
US History-1860 to 1920
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2006
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
374

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » US History » General

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"Synopsis" by , A compelling portrait of William Jennings Bryan describes his unique role as a leader of the Christian left, his seminal place in both American politics and religion, and his life and work in terms of the volatile political landscape of turn-of-the-century America. 20,000 first printing.
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