"Free government can not long survive when the thousands enjoy the wealth of the country and the millions share its poverty in common": First editions of the Speeches of William Jennings Bryan; volume II inscribed by him
Speeches of William Jennings Bryan.
Bryan, William Jennings.$700.00
Item Number: 96117
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1913.
First edition of the collected speeches of William Jennings Bryan. Small octavo, two volumes, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author with tissue guard to volume I. With a biographical introduction by Mary Baird Bryan, his wife. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume II, “To Mr. S. D. Green with compliments & good wishes of William Jennings Bryan.” In near fine condition. A sharp set.
In 1896, Nebraska politician William Jennings Bryan emerged as a powerful figure in the Democratic party where he stood three times as the party's nominee for President of the United States. Jennings also served as the United States Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson and, shortly before his death, gained national attention for attacking the teaching of evolution in the Scopes Trial.