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" You come to us and tell us that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard; we reply that the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic;... "
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The Perfect Tie: The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election

Professor James W Ceaser, James W. Ceaser, Andrew Busch - 2001 - 283 pages
...never said what William Jennings Bryan did in his Cross of Gold Speech ("the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies . . . burn down your cities and leave our farms"), but it seemed that the thought might have been in the minds of some who voted for him. This cleavage...
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Water and American Government: The Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy ...

Donald J. Pisani - 2002 - 408 pages
...later a strong advocate of the Reclamation Act of 1 9o2 — warned that "the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country." Bryan spoke not just for the virtuous rural life; he articulated a widely held and deeply...
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The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s

H.W. Brands - 2002 - 375 pages
...that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard. We reply that the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country!" At this the convention erupted in a sustained outpouring of approval. The delegates leaped...
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Understanding O Pioneers! and My Antonia: A Student Casebook to Issues ...

Sheryl L. Meyering - 2002 - 223 pages
...remained a powerful myth long after it ceased to be a political fact. "The great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country," thundered Populist leader William Jennings Bryan. Yet as the myth gained strength, Americans...
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The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right

Daniel Levitas - 2002 - 520 pages
...followers stressed the indispensable role of agriculture in the national economy — and they were right. "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country," Bryan once said. In 1977 farmers sold more than $100 billion worth of goods and generated...
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The Historian's Wizard of Oz: Reading L. Frank Baum's Classic as a Political ...

Ranjit S. Dighe - 2002 - 149 pages
...money of the world is the most gigantic crime of this or any other age" (quoted in Jones 1964, p. 56). down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country. My friends, we declare that this nation is able to legislate for its own people on every...
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Presidents from Hayes Through McKinley: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con ...

Amy H. Sturgis - 2003 - 233 pages
...that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard; we reply that the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country. My friends, we declare that this nation is able to legislate for its own people on every...
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The Tractor in the Pasture: Rusting Icons of Rural America

Lee Klancher
...farmer and tractor collector Sonoma Valley Pumpkin Patch, California CHAPTER 2 A Long, Cold Winter "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country. " — William Jennings Bryan, campaign speech, Democratic National Convention of 1896...
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Don't Know Much About History

Kenneth C. Davis - 2009 - 752 pages
...history. Raising the banner of silver against gold, western farmers against eastern business, Bryan said, "Burn down your cities and leave our farms and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country." With a great theatrical flourish, he concluded, "You shall not press down upon the brow...
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And I Quote, Revised Edition: The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings ...

Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans, Andrew Frothingham - 2003 - 500 pages
...American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere. — Jim Hightower Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country. — William Jennings Bryan Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're...
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