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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;... "
The Review of Reviews - Page 127
edited by - 1896
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Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family in the ...

Laura L. Lovett - 2009 - 248 pages
...Jennings Bryan, his neighbor and friend in Nebraska, when he argued in his famous "Cross of Gold" speech, "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country." 38 Unlike other urban progressives who saw a solution to the city's problems in a return...
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Frontiers: A Short History of the American West

Robert V. Hine, John Mack Faragher - 2007 - 248 pages
...Bryan's rhetoric also underlined the fact that, in the end, the Populists spoke for rural America. "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic," he orated; "but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country."...
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Passion and Preferences: William Jennings Bryan and the 1896 Democratic ...

Richard Franklin Bensel - 2008 - 318 pages
...the great cities are in favor of the gold standard. I tell you that the great cities rest upon these broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities...grow in the streets of every city in this country. The last line in this paragraph brought forth "great applause" and "great cheering. "94 My friends,...
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Safire's Political Dictionary

William Safire - 2008 - 862 pages
...speeches: William Jennings Bryan's 1896 "Cross of Gold" address, which had a strong agrarian flavor. "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic," he orated, "but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country."...
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Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right

E. J. Dionne - 2008 - 251 pages
...because we have always been a nation in which big-city values fight the values of the countryside. "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic," declared William Jennings Bryan, the Great Commoner who spoke for country folk. "But destroy our farms,...
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