William McKinley Presidential Campaign

Title

William McKinley Presidential Campaign

Description

"Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be." - Sydney J. Harris

In the 1896 presidential election, McKinley's opponent was William Jennings Bryan, who ran on a single issue of "free silver" and money policy....McKinley promised that he would promote industry and banking, and guarantee prosperity for every group in a pluralistic nation. A Democratic cartoon ridiculed the promise, saying it would rock the boat. McKinley replied that the protective tariff would bring prosperity to all groups, city and country alike, while Bryan's free silver would create inflation but no new jobs, would bankrupt railroads, and would permanently damage the economy. [McKinely] defeated Bryan by a large margin. His appeal to all classes is thought by many to have marked a realignment of American politics and initiated the progressive era. His success in industrial cities gave the Republican party a grip on the North comparable to that of the Democrats in the South.

Creator

McKinley Presidential Campaign

Date

1895-1900

Source

Source William McKinley. (2012, October 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://bit.ly/Pfkce4

Relation

For Further Exploration Please Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McKinley

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

McKinley Presidential Campaign

Format

Medium: Color Lithograph

Language

English

Type

Poster

Identifier

Elected Office

Coverage

Historic

Files

McKinley_Prosperity.jpg

Reference

McKinley Presidential Campaign, William McKinley Presidential Campaign, Library of Congress, 1895-1900

Cite As

McKinley Presidential Campaign, “William McKinley Presidential Campaign,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 19, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/96.