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William Jennings Bryan presented his speech to a large crowd on August 8 1900 A topic he felt passionately about he addressed the crowd about his views on imperialism with the speech Imperialism Many may argue whether or not this speech is propaganda or persuasion and it can be hard to pinpoint which it truly is I believe that William Jenning Bryans Imperialism speech is not propaganda but rather a persuasive speech It was difficult to come up with this evaluation but because of numerous reasons I have deemed it to be persuasive I believe its relevant to today because Bryan was speaking out during times of trouble for America and working on the premises of what could be done to fix things and save the country from imperialism Presidential candidates still to this day run and promote themselves as the right person to fix and change America for the betterWilliam Jennings Bryan a political figure in the 1900s was a populist in the Democratic Party He was an educated man attending college in Illinois and Law school in Chicago He eventually moved to Nebraska where his political career began Bryan was a congressman being elected twice and was influential in many aspects due to his involvement in free silver high protective tariffs his anti-Darwinism beliefs and his infamous Cross of Gold speech After running for presidency twice and being defeated both times he eventually became Secretary of State during Woodrow Wilsons presidency beginning in 1912 Bryan later resigned because of protest over war preparedness as Wilson carried the nation into World War 1 Rebecca Edwards He delivered his imperialism speech on August 8 1900 However this speech was not a memorized speech but a written one that was read from notes In the beginning of his speech he asks for the audiences indulgence while he read his speech from paper He explains that he does this because then he will be able to
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