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The Election of 1896. DEMOCRATS. 1. President Cleveland was in office: a . Was successful in having the Sherman Silver Purchase Act repealed in 1893 b. Democratic party becomes split on free silver issue. c. Cleveland fails to be re-nominated . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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The Election of 1896

11. President Cleveland was in office:a. Was successful in having the Sherman Silver Purchase Act repealed in 1893b. Democratic party becomes split on free silver issue. c. Cleveland fails to be re-nominated. d. Silver is a central issue in the election of 1896.

DEMOCRATS2. So the Democrats nominate William Jennings Bryana. Congressman from Nebraskab. He gives the Cross of Gold speech- in support of silver- backed currencyc. Populists join with Democrats and hope for victory. This endedthe 3rd party in 1896.

REPUBLICANSWilliam McKinley (Rep. Nom) Platform: Would maintain gold standard and end depression

President William McKinleyRepublican1897-1901

State: OHIO

Born: 1/29/1843-Died: 9/14/1901

VP; Garret A. Hobart (1897-1899),none (1899-1901),Theodore Roosevelt (1901)

Political Aspects(1) The Election of 1896Republican Candidate: William McKinley Democratic Candidate: William Jennings BryanIssues: Tariff; Gold or Silver StandardMcKinley and Bryan

(1 cont) McKinley won by the largest majority of popular votes since 1872! Electoral Map of 1896(Teal = Bryan, Green = McKinley)

Notice the # of states that vote for Bryanyet he still lost! Why?When McKinley became President, the depression of 1893 had just about died out, as well as the big fuss over silver. Dingley Tariff Act, 1897 Redeemed the Republican promises to restore the high protective tariff and provided for an average rate of 49%(12) Gold Standard Act, 1900 under its terms, the United States formally placed its money on the gold standard. All currency was fully backed by gold. Its price was fixed at $20.67 an ounce.

Economic AspectsSocial AspectsA minority faction of Republicans supported national prohibition, as did some Populists (mostly inthe West rather than the South). Since 1869, the strongest supporters ofanti-liquor had banded together in the Prohibition Party.

Temperance - Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors Womens Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) founded in 1874, but became very popular in the 1890s

Race Relations:He appointed 30 African Americans to "positions of consequence" (mainly jobs in diplomatic and records offices), much less than what black Repubs. had wanted.During the Spanish-American War, he overruled orders preventing the recruitment and service of black soldiers. This did not do much to halt the continued mistreatment of blacks in American society.

(2) The Grandfather Clause was passed in 1898 in LouisianaAnd soon 7 other states by 1910, the Grandfather Clause stated that all men or lineal descendants of men who were voters before 1867 did not have to meet the educational, property, or tax requirements for voting then in existence. This effectively allowed all white males to vote while denying the franchise to black men and other men of color. The Grandfather Clause, with its voting denial, became the centerpiece of a much larger system of discrimination and racial segregation.

(11) Election of 1900- same candidatesRepublican Candidate: William McKinley Republican VP Candidate: Theodore RooseveltDemocratic Candidate: William Jennings BryanIssues: Currency issue dead! Focus turns to imperialistic views due to the Spanish-American War of 1898Electoral Map of 1900(Blue = Bryan, Green = McKinley)

McKinley defeated Bryan by even larger margins!(13) Assassination of McKinleySeptember 6, 1901, in Buffalo, NY28-year-old Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, had fired a hidden revolver into the Presidents chest.

Czolgosz claimed to have shot the president because he was the "enemy of the people, the good working people." The assassin expressed no remorse for his actions and died in the electric chair on October 29, 1901.

First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley lost two infant daughters as well as her mother within three years of her marriage to McKinley. She then developed epilepsy and became an invalid.McKinley gave her his full attention, breaking White House protocol in seating her by his side at State dinners. When shot by an assassin in 1901, McKinley said to his secretary, "My wife, be careful how you tell her -- oh, be careful."

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