William Jennings Bryan

A century ago, ordinary Americans weren't afraid of inflation. Instead, they supported William Jennings Bryan who demanded "soft" money that would decrease in value and relieve debtors.

William Jennings Bryan, the “Boy Orator of the Platte,” speaks during his 1896 presidential campaign. At Chicago his Cross of Gold speech, a plea for unlimited free coinage of silver, won him the Democratic nomination for president–the first of three unsuccessful races for the presidency. (AP photo/fls)

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