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Anonymous Speech,1896

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Anonymous Speech




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Anonymous Speech, 1896, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society.


1 item (9 p.)

Scope and Content

A typed speech of an unnamed politician addressing fellow citizens of Grant County, Kentucky, during the 1896 presidential campaign. The speech criticizes William Jennings Bryan as being a "wild-eyed Populist" and denounces his platform supporting the free unlimited coinage of silver as disloyal to the true Democratic principles of Jefferson and Jackson. The speaker refers to Populists as "Floppers" who have flopped from the true Democratic platform of an honest gold standard to the Populist doctrine of free silver. He questions the meaning of the Coinage Law in the Constitution and cites Mexico's silver -based economy where wages are low and commodities high and urges true Democrats to cast their votes for John M. Palmer and Simon Bolivar Buckner.


  • Democratic Party (U.S.) -- History -- Sources
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1896 -- Sources
  • Silver question -- Kentucky -- History -- Sources
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- Kentucky
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1893-1897. -- Sources

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