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William Jennings Bryan, 1900-1920.
W. J. Bryan, who said, "The Rock of Ages is more important than the age of rocks"

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Charles Fulton making fun of W.J. Bryan in "Every Little Bit Added to What I've Got" in 1939

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William Jennings Bryan Was Born
March 19, 1860

Bryan brought many of his religious beliefs to the Senate. He supported Prohibition, which made the buying and selling of alcohol illegal in the United States, and an amendment to the Constitution preventing schools from teaching evolution. In 1925, Bryan was involved in a trial against a Tennessee teacher, John T. Scopes, who broke the law by teaching the theory of evolution in a high school biology class. Clarence Darrow, who represented Scopes, argued against Bryan and said, "Civilization is on trial." Scopes was convicted and fined $100.
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CREDIT: "William Jennings Bryan, full-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left" 1900-1920. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Fulton, Charles. "Every Little Bit Added to What I've Got." Recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell, August 15, 1939. California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties. Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Library of Congress.