As you learned in this chapter, the presidential election of 1896 was one of the most complicated in the history of the United States. Farmers in the South and West, represented primarily by the Populist Party, called for "free silver" and sweeping reforms that would help families hard hit by the economic depression. At the Democratic convention, party members split on a divisive issue and headed into separate camps. Meanwhile, the Republicans ran a campaign that simply warned against the radical ideas of Populists and Democrats. At this Web site, you'll not only learn more about the political leaders and their platforms, you'll also see how the 1896 media depicted them in cartoons and commentaries.
Destination Title: 1896: The Presidential Campaign
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Start at the 1896: The Presidential Campaign Web site.
- Click on Parties and Platforms.
- Browse through the site, taking notes as you go. Be sure to link to the information for each major political party.
Read through the information, and then answer the following questions.