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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen William Jennings Bryan
 
Cartoon, 'Another Explosion at Hand.'
Bryan "blows up" his rival, McKinley, in this cartoon from the 1900 campaign.

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William Jennings Bryan and the Free Silver Movement
Bryan's opponent, Republican William McKinley, beat Bryan at his own game. His campaign raised far more money than Bryan's did and he was able to persuade voters that dropping the "gold standard" would lead to inflation, rising prices for goods and services. McKinley convinced the people that the Free Silver Movement was a bad idea. As a result, McKinley won the election with 7.1 million votes to Bryan's 6.5 million. But that didn't stop cartoonists from drawing pictures in which Bryan blows away his rival!
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