The Cross of Gold speech was delivered by William Jennings Bryan, a former United States Representative from Nebraska, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 9, 1896. In the address, Bryan supported bimetallism or "free silver", which he believed would bring the nation prosperity.
In this product, students look at 5 key excerpts from the speech. The students are asked to explain the significance of the excerpts. This product includes a teacher key and some background information about William Jennings Bryan and his famous speech. Lastly, I have included three comprehension/discussion questions.
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