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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 Presidential Candidates and Platforms, Biographies, and Nominating Speeches - Page 29
1896 - 40 pages
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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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Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process

Louis Sandy Maisel, Kara Z. Buckley - 2005 - 563 pages
...powerful rhetoric of quasi-Populist Democrat William Jennings Bryan: 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, (from Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech ("You shall not press down upon the brow of labor...
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The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America

Eric P. KAUFMANN, Eric P.. Kaufmann, Professor of Politics Eric P Kaufmann - 2004 - 374 pages
...candidate. In his famous Cross of Gold speech, Bryan castigated urban America: "The great cities rest on broad and fertile prairies. . . . Burn down your cities...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country" (Hofstadter 1955: 35). Bryan was just as adamant in his opposition to American imperialism...
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America's Promise: A Concise History of the United States, Volume 2

W. J. Rorabaugh, Donald T. Critchlow, Paula C. Baker - 2004 - 691 pages
...every class which rests upon them." Farmers sat at the head of the table of the producing classes. "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country!" Waiting for the whoops and applause to subside, he closed with his arms outstretched...
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Good Citizenship in America

David M. Ricci, Professor David M Ricci - 2004 - 313 pages
...and lobbyists. As Bryan said in 1896, while assuming that most social parasites lived in urban areas, "Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your...the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country."44 Populists held that corporations turned the nation's producers, who included urban...
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