Bryan: The Folly of Youth


 "Monkeying with a 'Buzz-Saw' "
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   October 3, 1896, p. 961

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Continuing the theme of Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan as an impulsive and foolhardy boy, this cartoon shows him about to stop the “National Credit” buzz saw with his hands. For cartoonist Rogers, the gold standard resulted in good national credit, which in turn produced abundant national prosperity (represented here by the large pile of lumber). The economic intervention proposed by “Little Willie” (free coinage of silver) will either injure him politically or the nation economically.













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